Monday, August 30, 2021

Pied-billed Grebe

Pied-billed Grebes tend to be uncommon in western Washington in the summer. Erika and I photographed an adult on 9 July 2021 in Capitol Lake in Olympia. The name “Pied-billed” refers to the spot on the bill. Actually we took this image because we had never really noticed the dark stripe across the grebe’s hind end. The second image is from the same location on 19 August 2021, this time, judging by the striped sides of the face, an immature bird. We have no evidence that this species breeds locally. In any case, in Olympia, Pied-billed Grebes become fairly common in the winter.

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