|Bonaparte's Gull Powell Lake Lehi, Utah|
Since I haven't been a birder very long...I wasn't sure if I'd be able to distinguish the difference between a rare-for-our-area Horned Grebe and common-for-our-area Eared Grebe. After much studying...I think I could easily distinguish either one quite readily. Here's what I learned:
Now this picture above is of a Horned Grebe. Very similar in color, but notice the yellow eye feathers, they are more dense and create more of a stripe from the eye, rather than a wispy fan. Look at the beak, it has a white tip and a different shape. It's a little shorter, and does not have the upturn in the lower portion like the Eared Grebe. Now take a look at the eye, and follow it to the beak...notice the red line that connects the eye and the beak. Also, the feathers on top of the head do not stand up, but rather the feathers on the cheeks puff out.
You can see the "puffing out" of the cheek feathers better in this picture of a Horned Grebe above.
Here's a picture of a Horned Grebe and an Eared Grebe...with the clues mentioned, can you tell the difference?
I was ecstatic Monday morning to see that my report made it onto the rare bird alert from Cornell. That's a first!
If you haven't tried birding...grab your camera, and go out into your local area and see what hangs around in your neighborhood...you'll be surprised. There are more than just blackbirds and pigeons to be found.
Birding makes every day a treasure hunt!