Mystery Bird at Haserot Beach on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Mystery Bird at Haserot Beach | Jane Boursaw Photo
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In today’s installment of “Mystery Creatures at Haserot Beach” (at least it’s not dead like this one), I give you this mystery bird that was perched on a mooring buoy in Old Mission Harbor.

We spotted the bird as we pulled into Haserot Beach on our daily drive around the OMP a couple days ago. It’s a fairly large bird with brown feathers, a long tail, and a long yellow beak that hooks a little at the end.

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Here’s a close-up of its head. My camera was being grouchy that day, so the photos are a little grainy.

Mystery Bird at Haserot Beach on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Mystery Bird at Haserot Beach | Jane Boursaw Photo

Here are a few more pics – also grainy. The last one is the grainiest, but you can see that when he puts his head in a certain position, he’s sporting sort of an Elvis look.

If you know what this mystery bird is, tell us in the comments section at the bottom of this story.

Mystery Bird at Haserot Beach on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Mystery Bird at Haserot Beach | Jane Boursaw Photo
Mystery Bird at Haserot Beach on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Mystery Bird at Haserot Beach | Jane Boursaw Photo
Mystery Bird at Haserot Beach on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Mystery Bird at Haserot Beach | Jane Boursaw Photo
Mystery Bird at Haserot Beach | Jane Boursaw Photo
Mystery Bird at Haserot Beach | Jane Boursaw Photo

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12 COMMENTS

  1. I vote cormorant too although it is not black. I’ve been watching these lately from Haserot Beach. The behavior is cormorant. Called snake birds. They drive down and swim and pop up elsewhere. Fun to watch.

  2. It’s a cormorant all right. They have taken a shine to perching on the mooring buoys in Old Mission Bay. It is a treat to watch them try to balance on the buoys in the waves. They didn’t show up until August. Great fishermen.

  3. a cormorant the hooked bill is used for slicing the dorsel fin of fish and is a very deep diver staying under water for several minutes at a time

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