Red-necked Grebe is a large grebe found
nesting in the northeastern part of the state. They strongly prefers salt water
in winter, fresh water in summer. Red-necked Grebes are often a relatively tame bird, often allowing
close approach by humans, and even regularly breeding in some urban ponds and
Habitat: Larger lakes, ponds,
reservoirs. Prefers areas having both open water and wetland
Diet: Small fish, insects, crustaceans, mollusks, tadpoles,
leeches, and occasionally plant material.
Behavior: Forages by swimming along the water's
surface, occasionally diving below the water and propelling itself by its
feet in search of food, or plucking food items from the surface of the
water. Will often partially submerge its head in search of food, and
dive once food is spotted.
Nesting: June and July
Song: Loon-like calls during courtship.
Migration: Summers in selected locations in the northern U.S.,
and through much of Canada and Alaska. Generally winters along U.S. and
Canadian coastlines, with some occasionally wintering inland (especially around
the Great Lakes).
Similar Species: Very distinctive in breeding
plumage. Larger size and bill make it distinctive from other somewhat
similarly colored, winter-plumaged grebes. Winter plumage bird could
potentially be confused with winter-plumaged
Status: Probably in decline in recent decades, due to
pesticide ingestion and habitat loss.
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Photo Information: June 24th, 2006 - Near
Anchorage, Alaska - Terry Sohl
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