[CT Birds] Details on the Western Grebe

Edward Dettore ctbirding at mail.com
Sun Feb 19 13:07:13 EST 2012

I was also in RI yesterday, and saw what I think was a Western Grebe. I was on the Cliff Walk near the, Breakers Mansion, looking into Easton Bay. It was about 11:30 a.m. I can't count it as a lifer because I didn't really I.D. it till I got home and saw the traffic on this site. I suppose it could have been a Clark's; however, I distinctively remember the bill being darker like a Western. I am weak on shore birds. What are the chances I saw a Western?

----- Original Message -----
From: Christopher Loscalzo
Sent: 02/18/12 06:48 PM
To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
Subject: [CT Birds] Details on the Western Grebe

 I went to the RI coast today to do some scouting for the NHBC field trip next week. I was accompanied by my wife, Marianne. Around 10 am, we spotted a long-necked, large, white-throated grebe swimming close to shore at the south point of Beavertail State Park in Jamestown, RI. The bird was very cooperative: it moved along the coast in a northeasterly direction for the hour that we observed it. The field marks of the bird were easily observed: the black cap encompassing the dark eye, the dark stripe down the back of the neck, the white cheek and throat, the long, straight dingy yellow bill, and dark back. It is larger than a Red-necked Grebe and longer necked than a loon. The facial pattern confirmed it as a WESTERN GREBE and not a Clark's. Unfortunately, we were the only birders there (I had fun showing it to a few interested passersby), and we didn't have a camera, so I am hoping that it sticks around for a while so that others get to see it and photograph it. For those CT birders planning on going on the trip next week, hopefully this will be a good omen for finding good birds. Black-legged Kittiwakes were seen earlier in the morning at Beavertail, and a Snowy Owl has been seen regularly at Sachuest Point (although it was not there today). Other good finds on our scouting trip included a male Barrow's Goldeneye and immature Bald Eagle at Trustum Pond and a pair of Northern Pintail at Weekapaug. Good Birding, Chris Loscalzo, Woodbridge _______________________________________________ This list is provided by the Connecticut Ornithological Association (COA) for the discussion of birds and birding in Connecticut. For subscription information visit http://lists.ctbirding.org/mailman/listinfo/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org

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