Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2008-29

Common name:

Red-necked Grebe

Scientific name: Podiceps grisegena
Date: 4/21/08
Time: 6pm-ish
Length of time observed: 45 minutes
Number: 1
Age: Adult
Sex: Unknown
Location: Little Dell Reservoir
County: Salt Lake
Distance to bird: 25-100 yards
Optical equipment: B&L Elites 8x42 and other people's scopes (Leica)
Weather: Partly Cloudy - sun getting low
Light Conditions: Good
Description:        Size of bird: Medium to large grebe
(Description:)       Basic Shape: grebe
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: dark brown, rusty chest, white cheek
(Description:)            Bill Type: long, pointed bill
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
A medium to large-ish sized grebe with a bright rusty chest/front of neck, distinct white cheek/throat patch with a dark cap to the head and a sharp dagger like bill that was more yellow/bright colored towards the base. Photos diagnostic.
(see photos)
Song or call & method of delivery: None
Behavior: Diving periodically
Habitat: Water
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Western/Clark's Grebe - rusty chest does not fit

Pied-billed Grebe - bill way too long and pointed and wrong coloration

Eared Grebe - does not have a rusty neck/chest

Horned Grebe - bird size and bill shape too long for this well as bill color...and the combination of a white cheek/throat with a bright rusty chest would have to be an amazing molting sequence in a Horned Grebe

Loon species...shape, bill coloration, rusty chest/neck in combo with white cheek patch/throat and dark cap
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
I've seen a few between New York, Wyoming and Utah.
References consulted: Sibley
Description from: From memory
Observer: Colby Neuman
Observer's address:  
Observer's e-mail address:
Other observers who independently identified this bird: Jeff Bilsky originally found the bird...Carl Ingwell, Tim Avery, myself and the Sommerfelds observed it that was observed by many for several days afterwa
Date prepared: 10/20/08
Additional material: Photos
Additional Comments: