Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2014-002

Common name:

Neotropic Cormorant

Scientific name: Phalacrocorax brasilianus
Date: 15 Jun 2013
Length of time observed:  
Number: 6
Age: 3 SY's 3 ASY's
Sex: unk
Location: 1 on Mill Race Pond the others nearby on the Jordan River between Mill Race and Germania Park
County: Salt Lake
Distance to bird: ~10-20 meters
Optical equipment: Swarovski bins
Weather: Pleasant
Light Conditions: Good
Description:        Size of bird:  
(Description:)       Basic Shape:  
(Description:)  Overall Pattern:  
(Description:)            Bill Type:  
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
I don't really have anything to add to the photos in the form of a written description. I should add some circumstances to the photos. The single bird labeled Mill Race Pond was actually on the pond while the others where on the Jordan River within a few hundred meters of Mile Race Park. The 4 together were different from both the Mill Race Park bird and the 5th individual. We saw the Mill Race Park bird both before and after seeing the other 5 sitting on the same thing. The 5th bird was seen at the same time as the 4 sitting so 6 different individuals.
(see photos)
Song or call & method of delivery:  
Behavior: Sitting on sticks or some plastic. One individual was swimming in the river
Habitat: man made park, and flowing river
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Double-crested Cormorant is easily eliminated by the smaller size and proportionally long tail of these cormorants (tail length roughly equaled head/neck lenth), small orange gular patch, black feathered lores, narrower back feathers than a Double-crested, etc
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
Regularly seen good numbers of Double-crested and small numbers of Neotropic Cormorant along the Colorado River
References consulted: Identification Guide to North American Birds, Pyle Part 2 for a refresher on aging.
Description from: From photo(s) taken at the time of the sighting
Observer: David Vander Pluym
Observer's address: Lake Havasu City, Arizona
Observer's e-mail address: **
Other observers who independently identified this bird: Dustin Preston, Timothy Schreckengost
Date prepared: 7 Jan 2014
Additional material: Photos