Pied-billed Grebe on 11:30am Walk: Sept 10, 2022

While most of the other grebes favour open water, this little fellow seems to prefer weed-choked ponds and occurs in such places throughout most of North and South America. “Pied” means having two or more different colors.

The 11:30am group had a good look at one of these small (13 inches) grebes today at Col. Sam Smith Park.

Pied-billed Grebe
Pied-billed Greb
Pied-billed Grebe
Pied-billed Grebe
Pied-billed Grebe
Pied-billed Grebe
Pied-billed Grebe

Other birds and a turtle:

Mute Swans
Red-necked Grebe
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Mute Swan
Mallard with Duckweed on head
Mourning Dove
Great Blue Heron
Mourning Dove
Mallard
Mallards with Green-winged Teal (smaller)
Great Blue Heron
Double-crested Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant
Cormorant with fish
Double-crested Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant (in the Southern Hemisphere they are know as Blue-eyed Shags)
Painted Turtle

11:30am group:

NATURE POETRY

My heart is clean and white as silk; it has already achieved Peace;
It is smooth as the placid river.
I love to stay here, curled up on the rocks, 
Dropping my fish-line forever.                        – Wang Wei (699–759)

Miles Hearn


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