NATURE NOTES: Pied-billed Grebes

A pied-billed grebe swims at Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge.

In small ponds, lakes and marshy areas, pied-billed grebes are a relatively common sight. A rather solitary species, pied-billed grebes are not usually seen in large flocks and are often observed alone or in small groups. These birds are fairly shy and frequently dive down in the water without a trace, eventually popping up in a completely different spot.

With their relatively drab coloration and often reserved behavior, they can be pretty easy to overlook. However, if you take a closer look at the behavior and life history of pied-billed grebes, you’ll see that there is much more than meets the eye.

Sarah Belles is a biology intern at the Gulf Coast Bird Observatory, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving the birds and their habitats along the entire Gulf Coast and beyond into their Central and South America wintering grounds.

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