American Birding Podcast



#ABArare – Neotropic Cormorant – New York

New York has its first Neotropic Cormorant (pending acceptance, of course) thanks to Andy Guthrie. On Aug 14, he noticed a smaller cormorant in a flock of about 25 Double-crested Cormorants that was flying by him at Hamlin Beach State Park. Guthrie was able to take several photos that showed several key field marks, such as a gular patch that forms a sharp point at the base of the bill, small size, and a longer tail.

ABArare Neotropic Cormorant
Neotropic Cormorant on left. Double-crested in foreground on right. Photo by Andy Guthrie

There have not been any subsequent sightings, which is not surprising considering the circumstances under which it was seen.

Hamlin Beach State Park is located on the shores of Lake Ontario in the town of Hamlin. It is about 10 miles northwest of Rochester.