Thursday, November 25, 2021

Eared Grebe

On 21 November 2021, Erika and I photographed an Eared Grebe in Olympia’s Capitol Lake. This species can be hard to tell from an Horned Grebe. Note the relatively small head, black neck, dark ear feathers (auriculars), lack of a white tip to the bill, the somewhat rounded body, and the peaked crown above the eye—all field marks that add up to Eared Grebe. This species is abundant around the world—western North America, northern Europe, Siberia, China, the Middle East, and Africa. In eastern Washington, Eared Grebes are common in the summer, but they are uncommon in the western part of the state. Most Eared Grebes leave Washington in the winter.

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