Date: 2/9/18 1:21 pm From: Scott Loss <scottrloss...> Subject: Re: NOT a Least Grebe at Lake Carl Blackwell
"Early hatching" might have been the wrong term as it probably didn't hatch in 2018. However, this is clearly a juvenile bird as it hasn't attained adult features (bill and body are too small). As suggested by Doug Wood in a comment on the OOS facebook page, this could actually be a late-hatching bird from 2017.
Scott Loss Stillwater
It is likely that your bird is a small, non-breeding pied-bill. A recently hatched bird would likely have the remnants of a striped head.
From: okbirds <OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU> on behalf of Scott Loss <scottrloss...>
Sent: Friday, February 9, 2018 11:42 AM
To: OKBIRDS AT LISTS.OU.EDU
Subject: NOT a Least Grebe at Lake Carl Blackwell
The bird I previously identified as a Least Grebe at Lake Carl Blackwell is actually a very small (and early hatching) juvenile Pied-billed Grebe. I was thrown by the bird's extremely small size, short neck, and tiny bill, as well as what seems like a very
early date for a recently hatched pied-billed. My apologies for the false alarm... and it sounds like at least one group may have headed up to Stillwater so I apologize if the previous retraction was not clear or fast enough!