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#485846 - 02/05/18 10:32 AM What Is Worse Than A Flock Of Cormorants........
Tbar Offline


Registered: 01/10/15
Posts: 634
Loc: Texas
What is worse than a flock of cormorants on your pond.........A flock of Pelicans!!!

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#485850 - 02/05/18 10:51 AM Re: What Is Worse Than A Flock Of Comerants........ [Re: Tbar]
Pat Williamson Offline


Registered: 08/08/14
Posts: 2285
Loc: Oakwood,Texas
T. To think I was worried about a few cormorants...... dangit

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#485858 - 02/05/18 02:00 PM Re: What Is Worse Than A Flock Of Comerants........ [Re: Tbar]
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Registered: 09/12/14
Posts: 943
Loc: Deep East Texas
What the heck?? In your part of the woods?? They got lost. I have watched them feed on big lakes. They will actually form a "death or feeding circle" around a school of shad etc... and tighten the circle up as they finish them off. Would hate to see that on my pond!! Hope you get rid of them soon. Good luck. Let us know how it turns out.
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#485859 - 02/05/18 02:17 PM Re: What Is Worse Than A Flock Of Comerants........ [Re: Tbar]
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Registered: 03/08/05
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Maybe a beaver trap will help.



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#485862 - 02/05/18 03:57 PM Re: What Is Worse Than A Flock Of Comerants........ [Re: Tbar]
jludwig Offline


Registered: 05/14/11
Posts: 1413
Loc: Central Kansas
Have had a few flocks of pelicans show up on ponds in Central Oklahoma.

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#485863 - 02/05/18 05:52 PM Re: What Is Worse Than A Flock Of Comerants........ [Re: Tbar]
BrianL Offline


Registered: 03/31/14
Posts: 720
Loc: Paris, TX
NOW I have visions of flocks of pelicans eating all my fish while I'm at work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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#485865 - 02/05/18 06:27 PM Re: What Is Worse Than A Flock Of Comerants........ [Re: Tbar]
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Registered: 07/28/05
Posts: 4116
Loc: Raymond, NE
I would rather have pelicans than cormorants.
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#485868 - 02/05/18 08:52 PM Re: What Is Worse Than A Flock Of Comerants........ [Re: Tbar]
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Registered: 01/10/15
Posts: 634
Loc: Texas
This morning I encouraged a flock of cormorants to leave the pond. A Bald Eagle flew away at the same time. Not 45 minutes later those guys showed up. What the heck. Is my pond the new fast food drive through???
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#485870 - 02/05/18 09:10 PM Re: What Is Worse Than A Flock Of Comerants........ [Re: Tbar]
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Registered: 09/19/14
Posts: 2243
Loc: Harrison Co. Texas
That does not sound good at all. Bet ya a dollar to a donut they will be back in the morning. I once had a flock of cormorants show up and after I got them off the pond I found a couple of dead HSB and larger cnbg along with around 150 4" tfs dead a floating. And that is only what I saw!! I would suggest you declare war asap.
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#485879 - 02/06/18 08:17 AM Re: What Is Worse Than A Flock Of Comerants........ [Re: Tbar]
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Registered: 02/28/11
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Loc: Emory TX
I saw pelican's doing the exact same thing on Lake Fork yesterday. I had no clue they were feeding.

We've had a lot of birds this last few weeks too. No pelicans, but seagulls, bald eagles, GBH, cormorants, and GW egrets. Tadpoles are coming up in the warmer afternoon water, and it's been almost impossible to keep the GBH and egrets away.
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#485895 - 02/06/18 03:59 PM Re: What Is Worse Than A Flock Of Comerants........ [Re: Tbar]
John Fitzgerald Offline


Registered: 10/27/15
Posts: 1810
Loc: S. end of Elkins, Arkansas
Otters. They have totally wiped me out in the past three months. Both ponds. There is nothing I can do about it. We can't see anything below the pond banks from the house. The ponds are 600-800 feet away. Ponds are in expanded city limits so no shooting or trapping. Guess I am done. Hundreds of pounds of feeding wasted. Feel like getting the dirt guy back and fill them all in.
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#485898 - 02/06/18 05:51 PM Re: What Is Worse Than A Flock Of Comerants........ [Re: John Fitzgerald]
Pat Williamson Offline


Registered: 08/08/14
Posts: 2285
Loc: Oakwood,Texas
John get a trap and catch their butts . Don't give up
No one will know but you


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#485900 - 02/06/18 06:03 PM Re: What Is Worse Than A Flock Of Comerants........ [Re: Tbar]
John Fitzgerald Offline


Registered: 10/27/15
Posts: 1810
Loc: S. end of Elkins, Arkansas
Too late now for my former fish. Neighbors can see ponds from their property but I cannot. They would report me to the police. The property is long and narrow. The portion the ponds are on is about 1,200 ft x 300 ft. My house is near one end, but the only suitable clay for ponds is on the other end. I couldn't afford the cost of moving clay to my end, where it's all gravel, plus a big sewer line easement through one corner behind the house. Think I will start fishing public waters more, or just buy my fish already cleaned. It's so frustrating! Comparable to having your tractor shed burn down.
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#485903 - 02/06/18 09:50 PM Re: What Is Worse Than A Flock Of Comerants........ [Re: Tbar]
squeeky Offline
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Registered: 05/28/03
Posts: 210
I've had them all - cormorants, herons, pelicans, and river otters.
The otters are the worst. They'll decimate a pond. I've also had beavers remove about 80 trees.

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#485905 - 02/06/18 10:02 PM Re: What Is Worse Than A Flock Of Comerants........ [Re: Tbar]
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Registered: 06/17/16
Posts: 23
Loc: Fayette County, TX
Speaking of cormorants, has anyone had success scaring them off with “bird tape”, hanging owl silhouettes, GBH decoys, etc? I think I lost some fish in Hurricane Harvey and then I’ve seen some cormorants at my pond. I’m not there often enough to scare them off myself. We did a fish survey a few weeks ago and hardly saw anything, although it was poor conditions for the survey, very cold and windy. I need to figure out how to get rid of the cormorants!! Thanks.
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#485906 - 02/06/18 10:43 PM Re: What Is Worse Than A Flock Of Comerants........ [Re: FayetteTX]
Pat Williamson Offline


Registered: 08/08/14
Posts: 2285
Loc: Oakwood,Texas
.22 mag seems to work well at scaring them away.....

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#485910 - 02/07/18 03:39 AM Re: What Is Worse Than A Flock Of Comerants........ [Re: FayetteTX]
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Registered: 03/28/16
Posts: 88
Loc: Italy
Hi Fayette,
The only “legal” way I have had success with is this:
http://forums.pondboss.com/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Main=28452&Number=442375#Post442375

Hope it will help you.
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#485914 - 02/07/18 08:19 AM Re: What Is Worse Than A Flock Of Comerants........ [Re: ItalyBASS]
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Registered: 06/17/16
Posts: 23
Loc: Fayette County, TX
Thank you for the advice!
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#485921 - 02/07/18 12:44 PM Re: What Is Worse Than A Flock Of Comerants........ [Re: Tbar]
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Registered: 12/05/11
Posts: 222
Loc: Cincinnati, OH
John- that is rough...will the Otters leave once food source is gone and not come back? Not sure what your goals are but maybe stock one of the ponds with fish you catch from public waters to let them spawn and repopulate cheaply once no sign of the Otters.
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#486020 - 02/09/18 05:45 PM Re: What Is Worse Than A Flock Of Comerants........ [Re: Tbar]
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Registered: 09/19/14
Posts: 2243
Loc: Harrison Co. Texas
Conibar traps to catch otters can be set below waters surface and not seen unless someone is trespassing. And a meeting with the neighbors might help. And or run the traps after dark. And I agree with the possibility to replace the fish from local lakes. Fishing close to or during spawning times can sometimes produce a lot of fish. There are some recipe's here on how to transport fish.


Edited by TGW1 (02/09/18 05:46 PM)
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#486025 - 02/10/18 08:05 AM Re: What Is Worse Than A Flock Of Comerants........ [Re: Tbar]
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Registered: 02/28/11
Posts: 3735
Loc: Emory TX
John, sorry about your fish. That's a tough one.
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#486036 - 02/10/18 05:43 PM Re: What Is Worse Than A Flock Of Comerants........ [Re: Tbar]
John Fitzgerald Offline


Registered: 10/27/15
Posts: 1810
Loc: S. end of Elkins, Arkansas
Our now 25 month long local state of drought isn't helping either.
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#486039 - 02/10/18 06:43 PM Re: What Is Worse Than A Flock Of Comerants........ [Re: Tbar]
Tbar Offline


Registered: 01/10/15
Posts: 634
Loc: Texas
Mr Bald Eagle watching over my pond. He is crashing the cormorants party.

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#486042 - 02/10/18 07:49 PM Re: What Is Worse Than A Flock Of Comerants........ [Re: Tbar]
John Fitzgerald Offline


Registered: 10/27/15
Posts: 1810
Loc: S. end of Elkins, Arkansas
We have a bald eagle too. I wish we had one 4x as big that could carry away a 30 plus pound otter.
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#486051 - 02/11/18 06:54 AM Re: What Is Worse Than A Flock Of Comerants........ [Re: Tbar]
TGW1 Offline


Registered: 09/19/14
Posts: 2243
Loc: Harrison Co. Texas
Last year around this time, I had one at the pond everyday and on one occasion I came over the hill and got a real close up sighting, one I will always remember. But, he wound up saying at the pond for 3 months and by that time I was more than ready to see him leave.
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