Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2013-29

Common name:

Neotropic Cormorant

Scientific name: Phalacrocorax brasilianus
Date: February 25, 2013
Time: 3:27 P.M.
Length of time observed: 30 minutes
Number: 1
Age: Adult
Sex: ?
Location: Willow Pond (urban fishery pond) Murray, UT
County: Salt Lake
Elevation: 4300 ft
Distance to bird: 500 yds
Optical equipment: Nikon D5100, Nikon 300mm AFS f.4,, 1.4teleconverter
Weather: Cloudy
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
Identifying Characteristics:
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:  
Behavior: 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.
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Double Crested Cormorants, standing side-by-side to this NECO.
Previous experience with
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
Additional material: Photos
Additional_Comments: This is the first time NECOs have been documented on this body of water (Willow Pond).
To my knowledge, this is the earliest recorded sighting of NECOs in Northern Utah!