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Pied-billed Grebe

I write a lot about Western and Clark’s Grebes.  And in the summer we get Eared Grebes.  Well in the winter we get Pied-billed Grebes.

Aren’t they cute?  In Utah they’re very shy birds so it took months of going to Farmington Bay before I got good shots like the one below. Ironically I got the best shots last weekend when the place was packed with birders looking for eagles.

These birds are already transitioning to breeding plumage.  The stripe on the beak disappears for the winter.  The picture below is from California where the birds were much less afraid of people so I got closer pictures.  These grebes are in full breeding plumage, which you can see because they have the stripes on their beaks and there are black patches under their beaks.

Now tell me the truth, am I the only one who thinks they look like a bunch of babies?

4 Responses to “Pied-billed Grebe”

  1. Tiffany says:

    Yes, they look like babies – fuzzy, big eyes – so very adorable. I’ve never seen one here. I really appreciate when you post photos of breeding and non breeding plumage.

  2. Elizabeth says:

    I’m so glad! A great thing about having years of birding experience is that I’m developing a cache of different seasons of bird pictures.

  3. Jill says:

    pie-billed grebes are SO cute, love to see these guys. There was one on my parents lake today (hadn’t ever seen them here before, cool!). Great shots of the tiny guys!

  4. Elizabeth says:

    Thanks Jill! That means a lot to me because I absolutely adore your pictures.