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The ditch at Duck Creek CA.

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Ditch System

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A downloadable collection of ditch system maps.

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Don't Shoot a Swan

Trumpeter swans are not legal game, so make sure of your target before firing at large white birds.

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Photograph of two Double-Crested Cormorants perched on log above water

Double-Crested Cormorant

Phalacrocorax auritus
Cormorants are dark, ducklike water birds with long necks, hooked bills, legs set far back on the body, and a habit of hanging their wings out to dry in the sun.

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Photograph of a Double-crested Cormorant in flight

Double-Crested Cormorant in Flight

Cormorants can be confused with anhingas when soaring. In flight, cormorants have a shorter, more rounded tail. Their necks are less “snaky” than those of anhingas.

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Photograph of a Double-Crested Cormorant sitting with wings outstretched

Double-Crested Cormorant Sitting with Wings Outstretched

To decrease buoyancy while swimming underwater, cormorants’ feathers have few of the oils that repel water. They become soaked as they swim. This is why cormorants typically stand with wings outstretched: They are allowing their feathers to dry.

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Photograph of a Double-Crested Cormorant swimming low on the water

Double-Crested Cormorant Swimming Low on the Water

Cormorants dive underwater for fish, surfacing on occasion but remaining submerged except for the neck and head. When swimming at the water's surface, their bodies are usually very low in the water.

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Photograph of two Double-crested Cormorants showing head coloration

Double-Crested Cormorants

Adult double-crested cormorants are black with an orange skin pouch below a long, hook-tipped bill. The irises of the eyes are green.

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Photograph of two Double-Crested Cormorants perched on log above water

Double-Crested Cormorants (Perched)

Double-crested cormorants are frequently observed in large numbers sitting upright on snags over water, sometimes with wings outstretched.

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Drainage Ditch

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Downloadable diagrams of Duck Creek CA drainage ditches over the past several decades.

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