A world-class wilderness explorer of my caliber can look at a bird from five hundred yards away and know immediately that he ain’t from around here, even though he looks very much like the local variety. Rare bird alert!!! Actually, I might not id this guy properly even if he came up and introduced himself! I was contacted by my technical staff last week and informed of a Neotropic Cormorant sighting at the bog and had I seen it. My response was “Uhhh.” So I sent over some photos and sure enough, this is him! The northernmost range of the Neotropic Cormorant is southern Texas and Louisiana, so for him to show up in central Indiana makes it a rare sighting indeed.