|Red-necked Grebe, a pretty massive fellow compared to his other grebe cousins.|
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Red-necked Grebes - they're pretty rare down South, especially inland. So when I saw dozens of reports from central North Carolina with crazy numbers of these large Podicipediformes, I couldn't resist heading down to Harris Lake to track a few down. It didn't take long. One grebe gave me great views through the scope. Their was no wind, and the light was just about perfect - ideal scoping conditions. Red-necked Grebes are notoriously hard to get good looks at, so I was ecstatic about this one. I continued scanning the lake from my viewpoint on the boat ramp parking area. There was a second grebe, this one further away. Two Red-necked Grebes in a few minutes - not an every day (or even every-year) occurrence in Wake County.
The increased numbers of Red-necked Grebes in the South seems to be directly correlated to the deep freeze up north - most of these birds typically winter on the Great Lakes, which are almost completely frozen over right now. I certainly can't complain. County lifer #199 - Red-necked Grebe.