Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 201

Common name:

Neotropic Cormorant

Scientific name: Phalacrocorax brasilianus
Date: April 4, 2012
Time: 4:10 P.M. DST
Length of time observed: 20 minutes
Number: 1
Age: Adult
Location: Mill Race Pond. 53rd South, Taylorsville, Ut. (just west of Jordan River)
County: Salt Lake
Elevation: 4300 ft
Distance to bird: 75 yards
Optical equipment: Nikon D5100, Nikon 70-300 VR lens
Weather: sunny-WINDY
Light Conditions: late P.M. sun
Description:        Size of bird: 1/3 smaller than DCCO
(Description:)       Basic Shape: cormorant shape
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: brown-black. 1st summer; adult
(Description:)            Bill Type:  
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
Adult bird, yet to acquire full breeding plumage. Brown-black in color, not yet in full breeding plumage.
Distinctive facial features: specifically a dull yellow gular pouch which came to a sharp V shape behind the bill.
(see photo)
Song or call & method of delivery:  
Behavior: Resting on man-made float near the middle of pond.
Habitat: Urban fishery,stocked with catchable game fish.
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Double crested cormorant. DCCO has a "U" shaped gular pouch where the bill joins the head,with extensive yellow SKIN extending into the lores.
The DCCO features are in direct contrast to the NECOs dull yellow gular pouch which came to a sharp "V" shape behind the bill.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
4 years of photo-documentation in Northern Utah, beginning April 29, 2009
References consulted:  
Description from: From memory
Observer: Richard B. Young
Observer's address: Salt Lake City, Ut.
Observer's e-mail address:
Other observers who independently identified this bird: NONE
Date prepared: April 5, 2012
Additional material: Photo
Additional_Comments: This is the earliest I've discovered NECOs in northern Utah (4-4-12); with the next earliest being 4-29-09