Well, we have had FLOTILLAS of cormorants here for about a month now...from 40-150 at a time...we have not seen these numbers in our backyard lake before. They seemed to be working together to herd the fish into the shallow sections and then feasting. For the past week we have (finally!) had some winter ducks...1 pair of mallards and 4 pairs of hooded mergansers, feeding voraciously and exhibiting some courtship behaviors. We still await our usual: ring-necked ducks, pied-billed grebes, wood ducks, gadwalls, and coots. Usually the coots are the first to arrive, so we are left wondering and waiting. We have 4 Great blue herons vying for territory and 2 kingfishers who get upset very time we go out the back door. Last week we had a very vocal osprey hanging around for a few days. AT the feeders, the woodpeckers all look spectacular (well, the pileateds don't come to the feeders but they come close). Besides the usual titmice, Carolina chickadees, Carolina wrens, mockingbird, juncos, etc, we have one secretive Red-winged blackbird and one pine warbler (he eats suet and sunflower chips). Elisabeth Wilkins Suffolk, VA (Southeastern Virginia; 1 hr due west of Va Beach) You are subscribed to VA-BIRD. To post to this mailing list, simply send email to va-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx To unsubscribe, send email to va-bird-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with 'unsubscribe' in the Subject field.