Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2016-42

Common name:

Red-necked Grebe

Scientific name: Podiceps grisegena
Date: 11-19-2016
Time: 8:30 am
Length of time observed: 30 min total over a length of 2 hrs
Number: 1
Age: Adult
Sex: Unknown
Location: Hyrum Reservoir SP
County: Cache
Elevation: 4700'
Distance to bird: ~115 yards at closest.
Optical equipment: Vortex HD & Swarovski HD spotter
Weather: Partly cloudy
Light Conditions: Good
Description:        Size of bird: ~16"
(Description:)       Basic Shape: Grebe with long bill
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: Black & White with copper neck
(Description:)            Bill Type: Long, pointy, yellow
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
Bird was transitioning from breeding plumage. Black ish back and crown, white cheeks, mostly copper neck, yellow bill.
(see photos)
Song or call & method of delivery: N/A
Behavior: Swimming, occasionally diving.
Habitat: Cold water reservoir
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Too long of bill for Horned or Eared, too thin of bill for Pied-bill, copper neck eliminates Clark's or Western Grebe.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
Have seen in various stages of plumage from their breeding grounds on the tundra to off-course stops around northern Utah during Fall/Winter.
References consulted: None.
Description from: Notes taken at the time of the sighting
Observer: Mike Hearell
Observer's address: Pleasant View, UT
Observer's e-mail address: **
Other observers who independently identified this bird: Found by Taylor Abbott, seen and reported by multiple other birders throughout the day.
Date prepared: 11-19-2016
Additional material: Photos
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