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Birds of PSSS

waterfowl loons grebes cormorants alcids

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What to look for:

  • Double-crested Cormorants, our largest, has an orange bill and thick neck.  While in flight, look for a slight "crook" at the base of the neck. If a perched cormorant is holding it's wings out, it's almost suredly a Double-crested.
  • If it has a dark bill, it's either a Pelagic or Brandt's Cormorant.  Pelagic Cormorants, our smallest, have very thin necks and small black bills.  In flight, they appear long-tailed in comparison to Brandt's.
  • Both the bill size and neck thickness of the Brandt's Cormorant are in-between Pelagic and Double-crested.  A tan cheek-patch (with dark bill) is diagnostic for this species.  A relatively short-tail is helpful for birds in flight.

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