Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 201

Common name:

Neotropic Cormorant

Scientific name: Phalarcrocorax brasilianus
Date: September 03-06, 2012
Time: various
Length of time observed: various
Number: 1
Age: subadult
Sex: ?
Location: Ivins Reservoir
County: Washington
Latilong: 19
Distance to bird: 20 - 125 m
Optical equipment: 8 x 42 binoculars, 60x scope
Weather: various
Light Conditions: various
Description:        Size of bird:  
(Description:)       Basic Shape:  
(Description:)  Overall Pattern:  
(Description:)            Bill Type:  
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
I observed a Neotropic Cormorant with four Double-crested Cormorant at Ivins Reservoir, the first in Washington County since October 2009 (also at Ivins Reservoir). The cormorant was also present on September 5 and 6 (photographed).

Dark overall with white flecking on throat and chest. Smaller with relatively thinner neck and longer tail in relation to nearby DC Cormorants. Face with no yellow/ orange in loral areas (in front of eye), long pale hooked bill, turquoise eye, and yellowish orange gular patch with pointed rear border and thin white feathers along rear margin.
Song or call & method of delivery:  
Behavior: swimming, basking, resting
Habitat: small impoundment
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
DC Cormorant; distinguished by larger size, stockier proportions, shorter tail, orange in lores, shape and border of gular patch.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
References consulted:  
Description from: Notes made later
Observer: Rick Fridell
Observer's address: Hurricane, UT
Observer's e-mail address: **
Other observers who independently identified this bird:  
Date prepared: 12-23-12
Additional material: Photo
Additional_Comments: description copied from field notes.