Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2015-13

Common name:

Red-necked Grebe

Scientific name: Podiceps grisegena
Date: 04/09/2015
Time: 1500
Length of time observed: 45 minutes
Number: 1
Location: East Canyon Reservoir
County: Morgan
Distance to bird: 100 yards
Optical equipment: zeiss spotting scope (20x-60x), 10x42 nikon monarch binoculars, olympus dlrcamera with 70-300 zoom lens
Weather: partly cloudy
Light Conditions: good
Description:        Size of bird: bit smaller than Western Grebe
(Description:)       Basic Shape: grebe
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: dark over all with reddish neck some white on face and ear area
(Description:)            Bill Type: medium long pointed
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
Bird was smaller than Western Grebes but to big for Pied-billed, Eared or Horned, had dark bill that was about the same length as its head. Bird had noticeable red on neck, flatter head than the smaller grebes with a bit of a peak at the back. Relatively dark grebe with whitish face and ear area but not exactly like an Eared Grebe.
(see photos)
Song or call & method of delivery:  
Behavior: swimming and diving
Habitat: reservoir
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Western and Clarks Grebes Both were larger with yellowish bills, longer necks, and more white.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
Seen several times at this reservoir over the last few years also see in other states
References consulted:  Sibley Field Guide
Description from: From photo(s) taken at the time of the sighting
Observer: Weston Smith
Observer's address: 1375N 6800E Croydon, Utah
Observer's e-mail address: **
Other observers who independently identified this bird: just heard from Billy Fenimore that he was able to see it about 7:30pm 4/9/15
Date prepared: 4/9/15
Additional material: Photos