Grebes: Western, Pied-billed, Red-necked and Horned

Western Grebe

Blurred vision and all I headed to J.C. Saddington Park in Mississauga to view the latest rarity, a Western Grebe.  Happy was I to view the said grebe through a scope as it was one mile or so from shore.  Content was I to take a record photograph.

Western Grebe (record photo)

Western Grebe (record photo)

The grebe looked similar to this Western Grebe taken by Jason Idzerda at Colonel Samuel Smith in March 2013.  You will note the photographer provides information about the species.

The park offered a fab view of the City of Toronto.

Beauty of a view of the City of Toronto skyline

Beauty of a view of the City of Toronto skyline

Pied-billed Grebes

Four Pied-billed Grebes were foraging in Grenadier Pond at High Park, Toronto, on Sunday.

Three Pied-Billed Grebes

Three Pied-Billed Grebes

Two Pied-Billed Grebes

Two Pied-Billed Grebes

Pied-billed Grebe

Pied-billed Grebe

Closest view of the trio

Closest view of the trio

Red-necked Grebes

The patience of a pair of Red-necked Grebes at Humber Bay Park East is being tested.  They continue to approach pedestrians in the hope that someone will place and secure a tire/platform in order that they can start a family.

Are you the annointed one?

Are you the annointed one?

The urge to nest is so strong that they proceeded with construction.

Thought they were going to do the wild thing but appears to be a signal to re-start the nest building.

Thought they were going to do the wild thing but appears to be a signal to re-start the nest building.

Adding some waterproof lining

Adding some waterproof lining

Building a new life together

Building a new life together

Oooo, fancy!

Oooo, fancy!

A little bit more

A little bit more

Nest-building Red-breasted Grebes

Nest-building Red-breasted Grebes

A bit of wood

A bit of wood

Placing it gently on the nest

Placing it gently on the nest

Net result

Net result

What the...?

What the…?

A pair of uncouth barbarians!

A pair of uncouth barbarians!

I was most displeased but then I remembered (1) it was an impractical design and (2) the night’s rain would wash everything away anyway.  Take heart, they will rebuild.

Horned Grebes

At least three Horned Grebes are presently living la vida loca at Lasalle Marina, Burlington.

Third Horned Grebe (transitioning plumage)

Third Horned Grebe (transitioning plumage)

Posing for the camera

Posing for the camera

I am spotted

I am spotted

Horned Grebe near dusk

Horned Grebe near dusk

Horned Grebe at LaSalle Marina

Horned Grebe at LaSalle Marina

Horned Grebe (breeding plumage)

Horned Grebe (breeding plumage)

Horned Grebe swimming in marina

Horned Grebe swimming in marina

Horned Grebe

Horned Grebe

Elegant pose

Elegant pose

A small flock of Cedar Waxwings were at the park yesterday.

Cedar Waxwing

Cedar Waxwing

Well, hello there!

Well, hello there!

So, I’m pretty pleased to have observed the four species of grebes within days of each other.  If you wish to view/photograph Red-necked Grebes locally, head over to Bronte Marina.

 

 

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