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I have seen three different species of grebes in Utah.  I’ve talked about the Eared Grebe before.  Today, I’ll talk about the Western and Clark’s Grebes.  They look extremely similar so you have to see the pictures side-by-side.  Focus on the area around the eyes.  Here is the Western Grebe:

The Clark’s Grebe is below:

They both have those bright red eyes, but the Clark’s Grebe has white feathers on the top of the eyes until the top of the head.  The Western Grebe has all brown in that area.  It almost looks like a diagonal line from the top of the head to the beak.

The Western and Clark’s Grebes hang out together.  In fact they were considered to be the same species until 1985.  The guy below looks like he just took a bath.

Grebes have a neat mating ritual where if one does something, like rub his face, the other one will then do the same thing.

There are a ton of grebes in Utah.  I still remember the first time that I saw one – it was at the Presidio in San Francisco.  I immediately noticed the eyes.  Little red devils.

5 Responses to “Western and Clark’s Grebes”

  1. Dina J says:

    Great shots of those funny looking birds. We only get plain old pied grebes here.

  2. Elizabeth says:

    Thanks Dina! I love pied grebes. For the longest time I thought they were all babies because they have such large heads and big eyes. I haven’t seen any pied grebes in Utah, but I used to see them all the time in San Francisco.

  3. Mary says:

    Oh my, recently bathed grebes are as adorable as recently bathed parrots!

  4. Elizabeth says:

    Recently bathed parrots are the best. Especially when they let you snuggle them because they’re cold.

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