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Rare birds visit Indiana wetlands preserve

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LINTON, Ind. (AP) - A rare bird thatís known for wandering throughout North America has made a stop at a southwestern Indiana wetlands preserve.

Two neotropic cormorants were spotted July 30 at Greene Countyís Goose Pond Fish and Wildlife Area. The Herald-Times reports that one of the birds was still present there as of Wednesday.

The birds breed from the southern tip of South America through north-central Texas and into parts of Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico and Arizona. They are about two feet long, with an average wingspan of 40 inches.

The first documented sighting of the species in Indiana was in 2011 at a site south of Indiana 59 thatís the main pool in Goose Pondís sprawling wetlands. Thatís near the same area where the birds were recently spotted.

 

Posted 8/19/2013