Red-necked, Pied-billed and Horned: March 26, 2022

Grebes look a lot like ducks but have one very different characteristic. Ducks have webbed feet:

Mallard feet

and Grebes have lobed toes:

Horned Grebe (winter) showing lobed toes (photo: flickr)

We saw three grebe species today in a very rainy Col. Sam Smith Park.

Red-necked Grebes
Pied-billed Grebe
Horned Grebe with fish
Red-necked Grebe
Pied-billed Grebe
Horned Grebe

Other birds:

Ring-billed Gulls
Great Blue Heron
Mute Swan
Brown-headed Cowbirds
Mute Swan (juvenile)
Lesser Scaup
Red-winged Blackbird (male)
Cowbirds with Cardinal (male)
Lesser Scaup
Greater Scaup (male)
Brown-headed Cowbird (female)
Northern Cardinal (male)
Mourning Dove
Mute Swans
Red-winged Blackbird (male)
Long-tailed Duck (male)
Ring-billed Gulls
Canada Goose
Downy Woodpecker (male)
Mallard (male)
American Black Duck
House Sparrow reserving Tree Swallow box
Red-winged Blackbird (male)
Common Grackle
American Robin
Common Grackle

8 am group:

11:30 group:


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The season comes when, from her three-month’s trance,
The Earth awakens: already her deep heart
Begins to stir, and send its life abroad.            – Thomas Buchanan Read (1822–72)

Miles Hearn

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