Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2017-58

Common name:

Red-necked Grebe

Scientific name: [Podiceps grisegena]
Date: 11/11/2017
Time: 10:00am
Length of time observed: 30 minutes
Number: 1
Location: East Canyon Reservoir
County: Morgan
Distance to bird: 25 yards
Optical equipment: binoculars, camera, spotting scope
Weather: clear
Light Conditions: good
Description:        Size of bird: medium sized grebe
(Description:)       Basic Shape: grebe
(Description:)  Overall Pattern: gray, brown, white, & yellow bill
(Description:)            Bill Type: spear
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
Grebe between the size of Eared and Western Grebes. Bill was larger than Eared Grebe more like a Western/Clark's Grebe. Birds neck was a brownish red color, head large dark on top with white on throat and ear area, mostly yellow bill with just top kinda dark colored, rest of bird was mostly dark gray.
(see photos)
Song or call & method of delivery: none
Behavior: swimming and diving in the reservoir
Habitat: reservoir/water
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
Western and Clarks Grebes this bird had a dark neck and not large enough in overall size.
Eared Grebe this bird was larger, had a much larger bill and a brownish red neck.
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
Seen them several time over the years on this very reservoir
References consulted: Sibley birds
Description from: From photo(s) taken at the time of the sighting
Observer: Weston Smith
Observer's address: 1375N 6800E; Croydon, Utah 84018
Observer's e-mail address: **
Other observers who independently identified this bird:  
Date prepared: 11/11/2017
Additional material: Photos
Additional comments: