Field Notes

David Fix
61. by David Fix on July 04, 2011 at 04:01 pm

Eared and Horned Grebes are most confusing when they are molting, producing the frustrating "Ornery" or "Feared" Grebe. If you're too distant to see if the bill is evenly-shaped with a whitish tip (Horned) or more thorn-like and ever-so-slightly upturned, suggesting a turnstone's bill (Eared), then notice if the head is quite flat-crowned (Horned) or really small and with a peak at the crown (Eared). Eared Grebes often swim with their tiny head and wormy neck pushed very slightly forward, and they have a more abrupt, fluffier hind end than Horned (the posture is variable).

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Citation: Personal Experience. I observe this regularly, highly confident.

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