Crazed cormorants

Has anyone been down on the beach and noticed that the cormorants are acting more like loons? Staggering around, flapping their wings clumsily, trying to fly but unable to get lift? I saw one yesterday at Marker 51 and today another at Marker 38 (unless it was the same one). It was clearly suffering and it was so hard to watch. I ran into Tony Amos of the Animal Rehabilitation Keep this morning doing his beach observations. He said the cormorants are disoriented from red tide. Even disabled, they are hard to catch. Nevertheless, he managed to net two while I watched. He will take them back to the ARK and care for them until they recover. He said the ARK has taken in about 30 birds suffering from red tide. According to the National Oceanographic Data Center report today, the sea water temperature is still warm enough to support the red tide so I guess those who are susceptible — humans and animals alike — are still affected by it.

About Dee

"What if?" Those two words all too easily send Devorah Fox spinning into flights of fancy. Best-selling author of “The Redoubt,” voted one of 50 Self-Published Books Worth Reading 2016, and three other books in The Bewildering Adventures of King Bewilliam epic historical fantasy series. She also co-authored the contemporary thriller, Naked Came the Sharks, with Jed Donellie. She contributed to Masters of Time: a SciFi/Fantasy Time Travel Anthology and has several Short Reads to her name, including Murder by the Book, A Mystery Mini. Born in Brooklyn, New York, she now lives in The Barefoot Palace on the Texas Gulf Coast with rescued tabby cats ... and a dragon named Inky. Visit the “Dee-Scoveries” blog at
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