Fear not, Fritzie and Becky. Your beloved island will survive. The trees will all die. The cormorants will move on to another stand of trees, somewhere else along the lakeshore.The trees will fall and rot away. The guano will dissolve and wash into the lake (eventually). The seeds of new trees will find their way there (eventually). The island will survive.
Come stand sometime under the cormorant colony at Jetty Woods - in the spring. (Wear a hat with a broad brim!) Listen to the croaks of the adults and the barks of the young. You might grimace. It makes me smile!! Bob McGuire > On Jul 11, 2022, at 6:18 PM, job121...@verizon.net wrote: > > 11 July 2022 Union Springs, NY > > I noticed several wks. ago the many dead trees (ash?) on the center of our > beloved Frontenac Island, the only natural island in any of the Finger > Lakes.. Today Becky & I were shocked to see that a large area of trees & > rocks were white almost like firemen had sprayed with foam to put out a fire. > She asked at the village office what had happened. Was told it was the fecal > matter of cormorants. Said someone had tried chasing them away with noise, to > no avail. Certainly there were far more cormorants & nests there this spring > than I've ever seen. > > In the village office is a map of proposed use of shore land owned by the > village, including possible extension of the rock ledge in the lake at the > north end of the park to make the island accessible. People have already > desecrated the island ... no access should be increased. > > This a.m. we watched as many cedar waxwings were flying out to scarf insects > over Factory St. pond. They have long taken advantage of feeding there. > > Fritzie B., Union Springs > > > -- > Cayugabirds-L List Info: > Welcome and Basics <http://www.northeastbirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME> > Rules and Information <http://www.northeastbirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES> > Subscribe, Configuration and Leave > <http://www.northeastbirding.com/CayugabirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm> > Archives: > The Mail Archive > <http://firstname.lastname@example.org/maillist.html> > Surfbirds <http://www.surfbirds.com/birdingmail/Group/Cayugabirds> > BirdingOnThe.Net <http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/CAYU.html> > Please submit your observations to eBird <http://ebird.org/content/ebird/>! > -- -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm ARCHIVES: 1) http://email@example.com/maillist.html 2) http://www.surfbirds.com/birdingmail/Group/Cayugabirds 3) http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/CAYU.html Please submit your observations to eBird: http://ebird.org/content/ebird/ --