Verification of Unusual
Rec. # 2013-29
|Scientific name:||Phalacrocorax brasilianus|
|Date:||February 25, 2013|
|Length of time observed:||30 minutes|
|Location:||Willow Pond (urban fishery pond) Murray, UT|
|Distance to bird:||500 yds|
|Optical equipment:||Nikon D5100, Nikon 300mm AFS f.4,, 1.4teleconverter|
|Light Conditions:||cloudy to the point that shadows were almost non existant.|
|Description: Size of bird:||1/3 smaller than typical D.C. cormorant|
|(Description:) Basic Shape:||cormorant shape|
|(Description:) Overall Pattern:||brown-black adult|
|(Description:) Bill Type:||cormorant|
Field Marks and
Distinctive facial features: specifically a dull yellow gular which came to a
sharp V shape at the back of the bill.
Small cormorant, the accompanying photos show distinctive size difference between it and Double-Crested side-by-side.
|Song or call & method of delivery:|
Standing in water; also on land, with a group of 3 DCCOs alongside.
The bird was not tolerated well by the DCCOs; and eventually flew from the pond alone.
|Habitat:||A man-made pond (urban fishery)stocked with game fish.|
were they eliminated:
|Double Crested Cormorants, standing side-by-side to this NECO.|
this & similar species:
|Yearly accepted records for this species, beginning April 2009.|
|References consulted:||Extensive Personal experience|
|Description from:||From photo(s) taken at the time of the sighting|
|Observer:||Richard B. Young|
|Observer's address:||Holladay, UT|
|Observer's e-mail address:||**|
|Other observers who independently identified this bird:||NONE|
|Date prepared:||March 1, 2013|
This is the first time NECOs have been documented on this body of water
To my knowledge, this is the earliest recorded sighting of NECOs in Northern Utah!