Saturday, March 17, 2012

Pied-billed Grebe

Several Pied-billed Grebes swam among the ducks at Wells Lake last week. This grebe is common across much of the Western Hemisphere. The name comes from the black bar on its bill, visible in the spring. Pied-billed Grebes feed on whatever prey they can catch--crustaceans, grogs, fish, and insects. Usually they dive for these items, but they also feed from the surface, and, even, occasionally in midair. (I previously posted on the biology of this species in October 2010.)

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