This past August, my husband and I traveled to Utah for business (him) and pleasure (me - birding!). Of the 33 life birds I tallied in the state, two of them were grebes. Along the auto tour loop at the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, I was delighted to observe both Western and Clark's Grebes. Both of these birds were much larger than the Horned, Eared and Pied-billed Grebes I have seen in Chicago over the years. Below I feature several of the grebes I have had the pleasure of viewing since I started birding.
In full breeding plumage, a Horned Grebe shows off its magnificent "horns"
A Horned Grebe dons its more subtle winter plumage
One of twenty Western Grebes seen along the auto tour loop at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge
Two juvenile Western Grebes enjoy the sunny day at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge
In breeding plumage, an Eared Grebe displays its golden ear tufts
An Eared Grebe in non-breeding plumage swims in the harbor
A successful dive ~ Eared Grebe
Spending a spring day at North Pond in Chicago ~ Pied-billed Grebe
A good view of it's two-toned bill ~ Pied-billed Grebe
A Clark's Grebe forages in cool waters
A group of Clark's Grebes delight in the pleasant day
A sweet sight ~ Juvenile Clark's Grebe
Posted by Julie Gidwitz
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