Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2016-40

Common name:

Red-necked Grebe

Scientific name: Podiceps grisegena
Date: 11-01-2016
Time: 09:20
Length of time observed: 10 minutes
Number: 1
Age: ?
Sex: ?
Location: Road to Bear River Migratory bird refugee
County: Box Elder
Elevation: 4200ft
Distance to bird: 10m
Optical equipment: Nikon 10x50 Binoculars, Canon SX50 hs Digital Camera
Weather: Overcast, light rain, 46F
Light Conditions: Poor
Description:        Size of bird: Large Grebe-18in
(Description:)       Basic Shape: Typical grebe
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: mostly brown,reddish neck, yellow bill base
(Description:)            Bill Type: Long, yellowish
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
Initially found and reported on 10-30-16 by Ian Batterman. ID pretty straight forward-Large brownish grebe with a long yellowish bill
(see photos)
Song or call & method of delivery: None heard
Behavior: Swimming up the Bear River,occasionally diving
Habitat: Large freshwater river channel
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Pied-billed Grebe-smaller, shorter neck and shorter,stouter bill
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
 Yes, one on Bountiful pond 2 years ago, another at Lee Kay a few years before that
References consulted: memory
Description from: From photo(s) taken at the time of the sighting
Observer: Bryant Olsen
Observer's address: 688 East 700 South #105, SLC, UT 8410
Observer's e-mail address: **
Other observers who independently identified this bird: Lauri Taylor, Vivian Schneggenburger
Date prepared: 11-1-16
Additional material: Photos
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