This may be the most photographed building in Cedar Key.
The cormorants have claimed it as their own. It makes a good place to rest and preen after a hard day in which you must outswim a fish to get your lunch.
Think about that for a moment.
Yeah, it makes me tired too.
It wasn't that long ago that this building was in use by humans. I think one of the storms took it out.
It has been transformed from a human abode to a "bird rack."
If you look on a nautical chart for this region, you might notice points on the chart that are noted as "Bird Racks". The continental shelf is broad and extremely shallow here in the armpit (I use that term geographically) of Florida and a long time ago, bird racks built upon it supported a thriving industry.
Wooden "racks" were built offshore to provide roosting areas for seabirds like these cormorants. After the seabirds had used a rack for a while, the poop professionals would head out in a boat and scrape off the bird feces ... aka Guano.
The guano was high in Nitrogen compounds and was used for fertilizer and the production of ammunition.
That industry is gone now, but the bird racks are still out there, even though most are now broken pilings and bits of rubble.
Out on the stilt house, things get a little crazy at roosting time.
Mostly, everyone gets along and does their own thing.
Loudmouths are ignored ... preening is the priority.