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Eared Grebe

The breeding plumage of Eared Grebes is wild looking!

Would you believe that these birds have white, grey and black plumage in the winter?  They look more like the Clark’s Grebe in the winter, but with a shorter black beak.  Every time I see one it reminds me of a teenager because they look like a bunch of punks.

Can you see how the yellow on their head resembles an ear?  Grebes are known for carrying their babies on their back so I made sure to visit Farmington Bay in July.  The babies were out!

I was never able to get too close because the grebes are extremely protective of their babies.

It was amazing how many grebes were out with their babies.

And because I haven’t provided the best pictures of grebes, I leave you with baby racoons!!!

They didn’t see us at first, and they carefully creeped along the river.

(photo by Jon)

Once they saw us, they backed up and bunched together and then finished crossing the river.

9 Responses to “Eared Grebe”

  1. Mary says:

    Those raccoons look like they were planning on getting into mischief!

  2. dguzman says:

    Beautiful! Still waiting to see my first Eared Grebe.

  3. Tiffany says:

    Hey, I only get to see them in their winter plumage. Incredible breeding plumage! I know it serves a purpose, but damn if babies tucked into their parents back isn’t the cutest.

  4. Elizabeth says:

    Thanks Delia!

    Tiffany, I didn’t get great shots so I didn’t post them, but I was able to watch two babies climb up the parent’s back. I about died from cuteness overload.

    It’s really amazing how different they look in the winter.

  5. Aren’t raccoons great? Such unique adaptations and sensitive hands :) I think they often get overlooked in the animal kingdom b/c they can become pesky, etc…but only because “we” have encroached and made them that way…. Wonderful pictures!


  6. Elizabeth says:

    Thanks Carrie! I’m so glad you linked to your blog, you have beautiful pictures. I was very excited to see raccoons in their natural environment. Much better than seeing them sneak out of a trash can.

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