This little Horned Grebe impressed me with its pace. It was heading north in the cove, and it was in a hurry. It pushed a bow wave and left a wake. It didn’t even slow down when it needed to peck at an itch on its back.

Horned Grebes are among the most troubled species. According to Wikipedia,

The global population has declined by 30% over the last three decades and by 79% within North America.[5] This is due primarily to human disturbanceforestry operations around breeding sites, fluctuating water levels, and stocking of lakes with rainbow trout that compete for aquatic insects.[6] They are also frequently caught in nets, vulnerable to oil spills and diseases.[5][6] Between 1985 and 2001, grassland  and  wetland  drainage amounted to 5% global habitat loss.[5] The Canadian western population is listed as being of special concern and the breeding population on Magdalene Islands is listed as endangered.[5] Due to global declines, the Horned Grebe has been unlisted from ‘least concern’ to ‘vulnerable’ resulting in conservation and research action plans.[2]
Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus)

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