March 9 Bird of the Day: Red-necked Grebe
Red-necked Grebe is a large grebe that breeds in central and western Canada and Alaska. They typically spend the winter on the northern parts of both coasts as well as the Great Lakes. This winter, due to more ice than usual on the Great Lakes, Red-necked Grebes have been seen south and inland in the East more than usual.
That is why there have been a few reported here this weekend, though I haven’t been able to see any of them yet. I am going to check one last time tomorrow before giving up and hoping to find one on my own another time.
Red-necked Grebes can be aggressive and unafraid of humans. The one or more in this area have been seen very near the shore, which is why I’m feeling confident about finding one tomorrow.
(Pic from this site)
Digiscoped Peregrine Falcon on a bridge. This guy has hung around all winter (and possibly all of last winter), but I was never able to see it until today.
Missed the Red-necked Grebes though. Maybe they’ll turn up again tomorrow.
After the longest, coldest winter of my life, birds are finally starting to move north here. Thursday I saw a Greater Scaup for the first time in my county (I hadn’t before because I didn’t have a telescope until this Christmas), and today someone reported three Red-necked Grebes in the same spot. The cool birds always show up the day after I’m there. Hopefully they’ll still be around when I check again on Saturday or Sunday.
There was also this Northern Pintail at the lake. It’s a little unusual to see a dabbling duck other than a Mallard there. I never realized Pintails were actually smaller than Mallards if you don’t count their long tails until I saw this guy hanging out with the Mallards.
Checklist 1 from Thursday
Checklist 2 from Thursday
Happy birthday Blake. I can’t figure out how to get ahold of you to tell you that. </3