[CT Birds] Putnam Horned Grebe odd location

Jamie Meyers ctredbird2 at comcast.net
Mon Feb 10 16:48:03 EST 2014

That is an oddity, but not unprecedented. I believe this same location hosted a Red-throated Loon for at least a couple of days during the very cold winter we had a couple of years ago. As many of us know, adverse weather conditions can pretty much bite for the birds but can produce some interesting sightings for birders. I can't remember what year but it was around 10 years or so ago where there was a flash freeze to our west in March and the CT River was suddenly loaded with Red-necked Grebes. The birds were basically just looking for open water, which is likely what the grebe in Putnam is doing. 

Extralimitally, I was reading that most of the Great Lakes are currently frozen, which has caused a push of duck species that ordinarily winter there to move south. The mid-Atlantic and southern states are seeing a rash of diving ducks such as White-winged Scoters and Common Goldeneyes that haven't been seen in a generation. This kind of thing is endlessly fascinating to me. 

Jamie Meyers 
Canton, CT 

----- Original Message -----

From: "gary v" <mtbrover at gmail.com> 
To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org 
Sent: Monday, February 10, 2014 12:40:26 PM 
Subject: [CT Birds] Putnam Horned Grebe odd location 

This morning while checking out the local population of gulls on the 
Quinnebaug River north of Rotary Park in Putnam i was suprised to find an 
actively feeding Horned Grebe. 

gary valade 
Pomfret, Ct. 
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