Red-necks


There’s a Red-necked Grebe nest on a local pond. Assuming the Yahoos leave it alone, WC will track progress of the breeding effort over the summer.

Red-necked Grebe on eggs

Red-necked Grebe on eggs

Red-necked Grebes are a large, highly pugnacious grebe that takes a variety of aquatic prey with its robust bill. They build a nest of marshy plants, emergent and sub-emergent vegetation. The nest sometimes floats and sometimes sits on the pond bottom. If it floats, it is anchored to sub-emergent vegetation. There’s a shallow depression in the center where the eggs are laid. Work on the next continues even after the eggs have been laid.

Red-necked Grebe greeting ritual

Red-necked Grebe greeting ritual

The grebes have ritualized greetings, calling and crest-raising. Their loud, penetrating calls are a warning to other grebes. Here’ the pair does the song and display call. Note the male’s raised crest.

Red-necked Grebe reacting to approaching Mew Gull

Red-necked Grebe reacting to approaching Mew Gull

The female is on eggs, possibly as many as three. Mew Gulls, notorious egg and chick predators, nest on the same pond. A Mew Gull started to approach the nest and provoked this reaction from the grebe pair.

WC will try to keep you updated on the progress of this pair. After all, raising the next generation is what spring migration is all about.

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