The Minnesota bird listservs have been buzzing about a possible Neotropic Cormorant in Minnesota. This small cormorant is often recognized by the white band behind its bill, visible in this photo that Erika and I took this spring near Rockport, Texas. This species ranges throughout South and Middle America, north to Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico and Arizona. It wanders further north, even to Saskatchewan and Pennsylvania. Neotropic Cormorants inhabit a variety of habitats and are tolerant of many human activities. They have, nevertheless, not been extensively studied by ornithologists (Telfair and Morrison 2005).