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Neotropic Cormorant at Sutherland Reservoir
Nebraska Bird Review
  • Stephen J. Dinsmore, Fort Collins, CO
Date of this Version

Dinsmore, "Neotropic Cormorant at Sutherland Reservoir" in Nebraska Bird Review (June 1999) 67(2).


Copyright 1999, Nebraska Ornithologists' Union. Used by permission.

On 2 May, 1998, I observed a Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) at Sutherland Reservoir in Lincoln County, Nebraska. When I arrived at the lake, I noticed a large number of gulls and cormorants resting on some dead logs near the northwest end of the lake. I scanned the cormorants several times and kept returning to one cormorant that seemed smaller than the nearby Double-crested Cormorants. The bird was sleeping, so size was the only mark I could see well. I studied the bird from 1:54 to 2:20 p.m. I estimated the body was at least 25% smaller than a Double-crested Cormorant. A couple of times, the bird raised its head, and I noted that the bill was darker, thinner, and shorter; and there was no bright orange throat pouch. Finally, I succeeded in getting some of the birds to take flight.
Citation Information
Stephen J. Dinsmore. "Neotropic Cormorant at Sutherland Reservoir" (1999)
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