The species listed here are among the larger birds to be found around the Bay, and as their populations continue to grow, there are concerns about the big bite they are taking out of the fish population. See "Yes, there is something fishy about scientists' spying on Bay's birds". Coming up with a solution for that issue will be a lot harder than coming up with the right bird for these descriptions.
Great Blue Heron
1. This bird's Latin name means "sea crow."
2. This bird has barbed pads on the bottom of its feet and a reversible toe that help it to keep a firm hold on slippery fish.
3. Gulls have been known to perch on this bird's head or back in an effort to steal the fish out of its bill.
4. This bird is known to steal prey from smaller raptors.
5. It is not unheard of for this bird to choke to death when it has captured and tried to eat prey too big to swallow.
6. This bird can be found on all continents but Antarctica. It has no close relatives and is the only living species in its genus.
7. This bird's nest is usually around 5 feet in diameter. The parents often use the same nest each year, enlarging it each time. Some of these nests are up to 9 feet in diameter and weigh as much as 2 tons.
8. This bird stands on its eggs to incubate them, unlike most birds, which warm their eggs using their breast feathers.
9. This bird can grow to be more than 4 feet tall, with a wingspan of more than 5.5 feet.
10. This bird lacks the gland that produces the oil used by most waterbirds to keep themselves waterproof. Thus, it is often seen perched, with its wings half open, to dry out in the sun.
1. Double-Crested Cormorant
3. Brown Pelican
4. Bald Eagle
5. Great Blue Heron
7. Bald Eagle