A Clark’s Grebe

Staying clear of the raft of Scaups but not far away was this Clark’s Grebe.  With its red eye, yellow beak and white neck, it’s one of the easier birds to identify.  But it’s tricky, because the Western Grebe looks almost identical.  In my initial post on this bird in May 2015, I misidentified it as a Western.  The key difference is in the eye.  If the eye is in the white, it’s Clark’s.  If the eye is in the black, it’s a Western.  Western Grebes hang out in park waters also.  Either way, these birds don’t migrate.  They’re not only great in the air, they’re formidable under water.  I watched one disappear and come up again almost a minute later thirty yards away.  Wow!

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