Classic Western

Grebes often show up in mixed flocks, at a distance, and frequently in motion, often underwater, so that it’s hard to see what they are. Here, however, was a quiet bird, paddling softly, not diving, all alone, near shore: an unusual opportunity to observe a classic Western Grebe. No doubt about this one. The black cap extends well below the eye. The beak is a muddy yellow-gray color. That’s all we need to decide that it’s not a Clark’s Grebe but a Western. Still confused? See Grebes 101 here.

Western Grebe (Aechmophorus occidentalis)

About the Western Grebe: Audubon Cornell Wikipedia

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