Sunday, April 5, 2015
Pied-billed Grebe - Cloisters Pond - Morro Bay
(Photo by Mike Baird) is the most widespread Grebe in the New World, nesting from Southern Canada to Argentina. There is barely a pond, lake, marsh, bay, estuary, or marina that does not have a pair of these stout-billed absolutely adorable divers. Photo shows the Grebe in breeding plumage. Most distinguishing marks are white eye ring, and a white bill with a black ring.
Today, I checked on the nesting Grebes. One Pied-billed Grebe in the water and none on the wet and muddy nest. To be honest I felt sad, but I am hopeful the potential parents have constructed a new nest in a better location, and within a few weeks adorable young Grebes will be seen floating on Cloisters Pond.
You may find this video of a baby Grebe of interest. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9UfA12eSZyw&feature=em-share_video_user