Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2013-77

Common name:

Red-necked Grebe

Scientific name: Podiceps grisegena
Date: 11/02/2013
Time: 11:05 am
Length of time observed: 20 minutes
Number: 1
Age: Juvenile
Location: Pineview Reservoir
County: Weber
Elevation: 4600?
Distance to bird: 125 yards
Optical equipment: Vortex 15x45x60 spotter, Pentax 10x40 binos and Canon sx50 hs camera
Weather: Sunny
Light Conditions: Good
Description:        Size of bird: About 80% of Western Grebe close by.
(Description:)       Basic Shape: Grebe
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: Black cap, grayish body, rufous on neck.
(Description:)            Bill Type: Long and yellow
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
Long yellow bill, slight rufous on longish neck. Body gray overall.
(see photos)
Song or call & method of delivery: N/A
Behavior: Feeding at waterline and diving.
Habitat: Lake next to rocky shore.
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Much smaller than Western Grebe it was by. Bill length and shape eliminated other grebes.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
Much more experience with other grebes, only seen one Red-necked prior to today.
References consulted: National Geographic and Sibley field guides.
Description from: Notes taken at the time of the sighting
Observer: Mike Hearell
Observer's address: 173 W 1825 N, North Ogden, UT 84414
Observer's e-mail address: **
Other observers who independently identified this bird: Taylor Abbott
Date prepared: 11/02/2013
Additional material: Photos