Length: 30 - 35"
Habitat: Coastal bays, estuaries, and islands; rivers, freshwater lakes, ponds, swamps, reservoirs. Requires undisturbed area for nesting.
Diet: Mostly fish, including both saltwater and freshwater fish; crustaceans, salamanders, snakes, sea worms.
(Image credit: USGS)
Range in New England
In New England, the Double-crested Cormorant breeds mainly along the coast. It also breeds in large numbers on Lake Champlain and in smaller numbers on other inland ponds and lakes, as well as in other suitable habitat in the region.
This bird is seen in migration throughout most of New England.
This cormorant is found wintering in small numbers along the coast of Connecticut and Rhode Island as well as far eastern Massachusetts - even, in some cases, as far north as the southern coast of Maine.
Year-round Map from eBird
Sightings of the Double-crested Cormorant throughout the year over past 10 years (2009-2019)
Christmas Bird Count Map
Historical CBC Map from USGS