Sunday, July 17, 2016

Pied-billed Grebe

John Holden and I photographed this Pied-billed Grebe with her chicks last Wednesday at the 180th Street Marsh in Dakota County, Minnesota. With their red bills and white-striped faces, the chicks are kind of cute. Two chicks are not visible, making the total clutch size six. In Iowa, the mean clutch size is 6.2, ranging from two to ten (Muller and Storer 1999). Thus this bird’s number of young is what might be expected.

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