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Common Name Cormorant
Scientific Name Phalacrocorax carbo
Status Frequent
Interest Level
Related Species Cormorants and Divers
Flower Visible
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Look for Large prehistoric-looking black birds in harbours and on rivers
Habitat Reference

A familiar shape and sight around inshore harbours, lakes and rivers


Contributors to the Nature of Dorset have seen this species at these locations:

Please note that the markers show APPROXIMATE locations of the observation, not exact locations! You can find often find out more information about location by looking at the original tweet. Click on any marker to see the name of the location and then click on the location name to see more details about the site where available.

This chart shows the number of records per site for this species. Hover over any column to see the site and the number of records:

This chart shows the number of records per month for this species where there are records (see note below):

The intention of this chart is to show which months during the year this species is most likely to be seen. The total per month is across all years; to see the total for a particular year select that year in the filter at the top.

This chart shows the number of records per day for this species for up to the last 30 days for which there are records for this species (see note above). Hover over any column to see the date and the number of records:

These contributors have submitted records for this species:

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These are some photographs of this species that have accompanied tweets from Twitter contributors. Click/tap a photo to see the original version.

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Cormorant, Poole Park. Love the eyes on these guys!
Tweet Date:
19/01/2017 - 20:45
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13/03/2017 - 23:30
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Impressive flocks of Cormorant came in to feed in the shallows at Middlebere this morning
Tweet Date:
18/08/2017 - 19:24
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Cormorant , Poole Park

Tweet Date:
11/12/2017 - 18:13
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Cormorant, Hatch Pond

Tweet Date:
27/12/2017 - 16:28
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Cormorant , Hatch Pond

Tweet Date:
27/12/2017 - 16:25
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The original tweets from which these records have been derived:

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Record Datesort ascending Recorded at Recorded by Tweet
27/12/2017 - 16:28 Ian Ballam

Cormorant, Hatch Pond

27/12/2017 - 16:25 Ian Ballam

Cormorant , Hatch Pond

24/12/2017 - 09:39 Ian Ballam

Off Hamworthy Park, 4 Common Scoter, 1 Guillemot, RBMergs, GCGrebes and a Cormorant @harbourbirds @DorsetBirdClub

11/12/2017 - 18:13 Ian Ballam

Cormorant , Poole Park

19/11/2017 - 09:38 Shaun Robson

Another massive flock of Cormorants flying over Lytchett Bay , 200+ @harbourbirds @NarwhalSh @DorsetBirdClub

18/11/2017 - 14:38 Two Owls Birding

@twoowlsbirding hospital window large number of Cormorant 80-100 feeding flock in Holes Bay Southeast.

14/11/2017 - 20:19 Ian Ballam

Large flock(over 300) of Cormorants in feeding frenzy at Lytchett Bay this morning,pic shows c150 after initial fee…

22/08/2017 - 09:44 Barbara Bisset RT @dougaldog: 0920 misty osprey in small dead tree, 9 spoonbill & large flock of cormorant swept in & out @RSPBArne @harbourbirds @harbo…
18/08/2017 - 19:24 Ian Ballam Impressive flocks of Cormorant came in to feed in the shallows at Middlebere this morning
16/08/2017 - 17:59 Hamish Murray Bonaparte's Gull with Dunlin, Ringed Plover, B-h Gull and Cormorant on the Brownsea Lagoon today.
27/04/2017 - 16:45 Dorset Wildlife Trust Lots of birds seen on the #FleetExplorer today, Cormorants, Whimbrels, Sandwich Terns, Little Egrets, Gulls and much more #dwtwey #Dorset
13/03/2017 - 23:30 Steven Hogan Cormorant radipole lake today @WildlifeMag @wildlife_uk @DorsetMag @DorsetWildlife
19/01/2017 - 20:45 Ian Ballam Cormorant, Poole Park. Love the eyes on these guys!