Monday, June 5, 2017

Nesting Western Grebes

When I first moved to San Diego I was surprised to find Western Grebe chicks in December. Evidently winter nesting is not too unheard of here. However, a recent visit to Lake Hodges this spring revealed much nesting activity at what I consider a more appropriate time of year.

Lake Hodges, April 26, 2017.

Western Grebe with chicks
Western Grebe with chicks.
Western Grebe with chicks
In 45 years of birding I had actually never seen the well-known phenomenon of grebe chicks riding upon their parent's backs!
Western Grebes on nests
Western Grebes on nests.
Clark's Grebe
Clark's Grebe.