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Rare cormorant visits wetlands preserve

LINTON, Ind. – A rare bird that’s known for wandering throughout North America has made a stop at a southwestern Indiana wetlands preserve.

Two neotropic cormorants were spotted July 30 at Greene County’s Goose Pond Fish and Wildlife Area. The Herald-Times reports ( that one of the birds was still present there as of Wednesday.

The birds breed from the southern tip of South America through north-central Texas and into parts of Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico and Arizona. They are about 2 feet long, with an average wingspan of 40 inches.

The first documented sighting of the species in Indiana was in 2011 at a site south of Indiana 59 that’s the main pool in Goose Pond’s sprawling wetlands. That’s near the same area where the birds were recently spotted.