2017 Day Trip: Batavia, Illinois / Cormorants and their preferred perch..

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Batavia: Cormorants and their preferred perch

An ant infested dead tree is gathering a lot of attention in Batavia. The tree is being used by cormorants to perch and catch fish from the Fox River.

Recently the city of Batavia undertook redevelopment project, and demolished many buildings and cleared the dead tress and bushes on the east bank of Fox River to promote business in the area. The open space now provides a spectacular view of Batavia Riverwalk.

But in the cleaning effort, one dead tree was left untouched.

The one on which the cormorants perch.

The tree is ant-infested and is rotten to the core. It can topple anytime.

The city has made an alternative bird perch..
It is clear the birds are not responding to the man-made bird perch…

UPDATE: The tree was uprooted in the heavy rains of July 21-22, 2017.
Apparently a few cormorants have now adopted the man-made perch.
I am so glad I could take photos of the tree, just few days before it toppled on July 16, 2017.

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Batavia: Cormorants on a dead tree

Batavia: Cormorants on a dead tree

 

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I am so glad I could take photos of the “Cormorant Tree,” on July 16, 2017. That is just a few days before the tree was uprooted and toppled in the heavy rains of July 21-22, 2017. Apparently a few cormorants have now adopted the man-made perch.

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Batavia: Cormorants on a dead tree

Batavia: Cormorants on a dead tree /  A man-made perch next to it.

 

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Batavia: Cormorants on a dead tree

Batavia: Cormorants on a dead tree / The artificial perch is not being used.

 

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Batavia: Cormorants on a dead tree

Batavia: Cormorants on a dead tree

 

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Batavia: Cormorants on a dead tree

Batavia: Cormorants on a dead tree

 

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SOME MORE IMAGES OF CORMORANTS

 

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Batavia: Cormorants on a dead tree

Batavia: Cormorants on a dead tree

 

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Cormorants sitting in a dead tree

Cormorants sitting in a dead tree

 

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Cormorants sitting in a dead tree

Cormorants sitting in a dead tree

 

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Images below are of some cormorant bullies caught in action.

Image 1: A cormorant flies and sits between the three already there.
Image 2: The three immediately bully the fourth.
Image 3: The fourth cormorant had to fly away..

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Batavia: Cormorants on a dead tree

Image 1: A cormorant flies and sits between the three already there./ Image 2: The three immediately bully the fourth./ Image 3: The fourth cormorant had to fly away..

 

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RELATED LINKS

Exploring Batavia.. click here..
Exploring Home State Illinois.. click here..

Women Artists.. click here..
Home: Public Art in Chicago.. click here..

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