DMercurio

More Birds From CT Need ID bird of prey and cormorant?

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This I am not sure it seems like a bird of prey was pretty large...

 

 

This is a cormorant I think. Is it double crested or great one?  I thought double crested cormorants were black.

 

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My guess is double-crested but I'm not great at cormorants, and the hawk is an Osprey. Others will tell us if we are correct on both.

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I'll second Derek's calls - Great Cormorants at this age should be distinctly darker on the neck than on the belly.

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What is the best way to tell the great cormorant and the double crested apart from each other?  Is this one a juvenile?

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This one is an immature -- in both species adults are uniformly dark. Great Cormorants have a small orange patch of skin below the eye, with white feathers on the throat below that. Double-crested have orange both below the eye and in front of it, with no distinct white throat patch. If you see them together, Great's are noticeably larger (roughly twice as heavy, actually) with a bigger head and heavier bill.

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