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Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution

The Curious Case of The Confused Cormorant

Yesterday was quite the day for curiosities...
and a couple of mysteries.
The morning started out as planned with a visit from the farrier.

While he was busily trimming hooves, 

I happened to glance out into the dry lot
to see a flurry of wings as a rather uncoordinated bird landed on the fence.

At first I thought it was one of our muscovy ducks.
We often see them perched on fences and roofs...
even way up high on the large arena.

Then I looked closely and realized it was not a duck, but a cormorant.
They are actually more closely related to pelicans.

Cormorants are coastal birds, generally... their diet consisting of fish and eels and water snakes.
There are a number of them that live on the river about 30 miles downriver from our house.
This bird seemed lost and confused.

He sat on the fence, surveying the farm for about 10 minutes and then took off...
flying clumsily across the front pasture and out of sight.
Quite a curious visitor!

Then, after the farrier finished, I headed into the garden 

to check out something that I had seen earlier on a tall weed.

This fellow had caught my eye during morning chores as I drove the gator past the garden.
I needed a closer look.

How about those...

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