Verification of Unusual
Rec. # 2007-30
|Scientific name:||Podiceps grisegena|
|Date:||October 11, 2007|
|Length of time observed:||10 minutes|
|Location:||Clegg Pond, nr. Sleepy Ridge Golf Course, Orem, Utah|
|Distance to bird:||fifty yards|
|Optical equipment:||Nikon 10x50 binoculars and Zeiss spotting scope with zoom lens|
|Weather:||Clear and cool; about 50 degrees|
|Description: Size of bird:||19-20 inches|
|(Description:) Basic Shape:||elongated body (grebe like)|
|(Description:) Overall Pattern:||gray and white|
|(Description:) Bill Type:||pointed, for catching fish|
Field Marks and
Mottled gray back--not solid color. Probably molting.
Dark head with a semblance of feathers sticking up at the back of head
Bill was dark on upper mandible, yellow on lower mandible, more yellowish at base and shorter than the bill of a Western Grebe, but longer than either a Pied-billed or Eared Grebe.
Neck was reddish, not solid like in the pictures, but some red with broad reddish band up back of neck tending to a lighter color on front of neck down to white belly
Eye was dark, not red.
There was a Pied-billed and a Clark's Grebe right next to it for comparison. The Red-necked Grebe was larger than the Pied-billed, and smaller than the Clark's.
|Song or call & method of delivery:||
No sound made
|Behavior:||Just floating on the pond, most of the time with bill tucked forward into breast feathers.|
were they eliminated:
Larger than Pied-billed and Eared and Horned Grebes, plus the bill was longer.
Smaller than Clark's or Western Grebes with a shorter bill that had a darker upper mandible.
Horned grebe has red on front of neck--this bird had a broad red band on back of neck
White cheek on this bird was much more extensive than either a winter-plumaged Eared or Horned Grebe, plus it was larger.
this & similar species:
|Have seen Red-necked Grebes in Alaska and once before in Utah County and in Cache County.|
|References consulted:||Kaufman's Birds of No. America|
|Description from:||From memory|
|Observer's address:||1063 East 400 North, Orem, Utah 84097|
|Observer's e-mail address:||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Other observers who independently identified this bird:||none, at this time|
|Date prepared:||October 11, 2007 0900 hours|