Winter Horned

Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus)

As if to show that Eared Grebes don’t have a monopoly on the waters north of the park, this Horned Grebe showed up in the same spot and spent some time preening and paddling around in a leisurely way. The two species in their winter plumage look very similar. This one doesn’t have a fuzzy patch of dark below the eye and down its cheek. Its beak is lighter colored. It has a red line from the eye to the base of the beak. With those marks it might as well be wearing a name tag, “Horned Grebe.” Check out “Eared? Horned? Small Grebe ID,” Nov. 12 2019.

Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus)

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