Date: 12/30/19 1:36 pm
From: Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...>
Subject: Re: Bird Of Note: Leucistic Cormorant?
Rich,

I think you've got it right as a partially-leucistic Double-crested
Cormorant. Probably a first-year bird.

Terry

On Mon, Dec 30, 2019 at 12:16 PM Richard Gregg <greggra...>
wrote:

> Bird Of Note: Double-crested Cormorant, (slightly leucistic?)
> See attached checklist with poor photos. (I tried to get Josh Holland to
> come by. *sigh*)
> Google Earth distance to the bird is 280 to 300 yards.
>
> Description:
> Cormorant bill.
> Large head.
> Bright white throat and front of neck.
> Bright white chest and upper belly.
> Very light gray-white lower belly.
> Gray backside of the neck and upper back.
> Dark wings, flanks and under tail.
> The cormorant appeared larger than “normal” but that is subjective.
> However, I have observed hundreds of them at this location since starting
> on eBird in Feb. 2014. This bird was distinctively patterned even around
> 300-yards away. Maybe the white front made it look larger.
>
> After researching it, I “assumed” it was a Double-crested. This was due to
> the lower belly being slightly darker than the chest/throat area. A Great
> Cormorant should have the upper chest and throat areas somewhat darker than
> the belly. The opposite of this bird.
>
> (Note: Some photos of immature White-breasted Great Cormorants from Africa
> look terribly similar to “my” bird and I will gladly, happily, gloriously
> change the species if eBird personnel should recommend I do so. Here’s a
> photo of that variant.
> https://www.hbw.com/ibc/photo/great-cormorant-phalacrocorax-carbo/adult-and-immature-white-breasted-cormorant-right-bird
> ).
>
> Sometimes, I want to pull out the rest of my hair with these @%@% birds.
> (Just kidding. Luv em to death;>)
>
> Humorous comments gladly accepted via public "reply all”.
> Mean comments sullenly accepted via "reply”.
> Educational comments/recommendations gladly accepted via “any way you
> want”.
>
> Rick Gregg
> Kanawha Co.
>
>
> > Begin forwarded message:
> >
> > From: <ebird-checklist...>
> > Subject: eBird Report - 131 W. Riverview, Belle, Dec 29, 2019
> > Date: December 30, 2019 at 11:10:47 AM EST
> > To: <greggra...>
> >
> > 131 W. Riverview, Belle, Kanawha, West Virginia, US
> > Dec 29, 2019 12:45 PM - 2:45 PM
> > Protocol: Stationary
> > Checklist Comments: Overcast with slight rain showers. Kanawha River
> has normal level, current and color. With Jeannette G.
> > 8 species
> >
> > Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 6
> > Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 1
> > Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 1 Possibly
> slightly leucistic. Bright white throat, front of neck, chest and upper
> belly. Lower belly is slightly darker off-white. Back appeared light gray
> with very dark wings. Great Cormorant should have darker throat and chest.
> > Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 1
> > European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 27
> > Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) 1
> > House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 10
> > Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 2
> >
> > View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S62772652
> >
> > This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (
> https://ebird.org/home)
>


--
Terry Bronson
Marietta, OH
 
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