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Double-crested cormorant necropsy

January 23, 2013

Yesterday afternoon, Théa spotted a dead Double crested cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) laying on the ground beside the flagpole on the director’s lawn.

DCCO on lawn

DCCO on lawn2

Based on the damage to the neck and chest we suspect predation by a peregrine falcon.

DCCO wound

This morning we did a necropsy on the cormorant and were particularly impressed with the heart and the trachea & bronchi.

DCCO necropsy

DCCO heart & trachea