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For people like me who aren't confident of their ability to distinguish
Neotropic from Double-Crested, here's a page that may be helpful:
http://www.ruf.rice.edu/~ctlee/Cormorant.pdf


On Sun, Aug 4, 2013 at 7:51 PM, William Rowe <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> It was fun to see so many good birders and old friends at Columbia Bottom,
> St. Louis Co., this morning.  No unusual shorebirds were present, but later
> in the morning, while scoping from the road intersection near the levee, I
> got onto a very distant group of 5-6 cormorants, one of which was
> noticeably smaller than the others.  I tracked it as far as I could, but it
> dropped down far away in the part of the area that's closed to the public
> due to road closure.
>
> So, if anyone goes there over the coming weeks, please keep your eye on
> the cormorants.  While Neotropic has become more regular in
> Missouri/Illinois lately, it's always a good find and would be a new
> species for Columbia Bottom.  If you do happen to see one (or any other
> good bird) and are not in the habit of reporting to CACHE, please notify me
> and I'll put up a one-species list on your behalf, so as to get the species
> on the official area list.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Bill Rowe
> St. Louis
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