About 2:30 this afternoon, I stumbled across a Western Grebe through the scope
while searching for a small group of ducks I located with binoculars. No pic. I
studied the bird a bit and no question about it being Western, long sleek
upright neck white underneath, black covering most of the face except cheek and
back of the head and down the back of the neck to the all dark body, yellowish
bill, long as head, pointed, not bright like Clark. Very sleek bird and
graceful diver and swimmer.
By the time I retrieved camera, I couldn't find the bird any more. By the way,
the ducks it was near was a single White-winged Scoter and 4 Redhead.
The location is on the Jefferson County side of the lake near Cowboys
Restaurant on Hwy 139. There is a small RV park just before Cowboys that I
pulled into and asked permission to bird the lake; some permanent residents
said okay, but if you go there please be considerate and ask if you see anyone
and if not, don't park to obstruct anything.
The grebe was seen well out into the lake looking southwest, about 100 yards
off a ridge that submerges into the lake. The ridge itself is about .4-.5.mile
out ( maybe). I'll put a pin in ebird later.
There are still 15K + Ring-billed and Bonaparte's Gulls on the lake, 200 Horned
Grebe, 175 Pied-billed Grebes, and a few singular ducks including American
Wigeon, Hooded Merganser, and Ring-necked Duck, and Common Loon.
Keith WatsonPittman Center TN
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