Date: 2/10/18 5:49 am From: HAROLD YOCUM <drhal2...> Subject: Re: NOT a Least Grebe at Lake Carl Blackwell
At least 4 birders from OKC went to Lake Sam Blackwell in the late AM ( 11:00) and searched for the "grebe in question" we saw a grebe that looked like the one pictured. Light was very good and after a lot of discussion we all concluded it was a PBGR, although slightly atypical.
Personally , I was satisfied and went on my way to Keystone Dam in search of the red crossbills. Luck was with me as I spotted 6-7 birds in the pines there about 2:30 right along the road about 2/3 of the way toward the next cross street.. The first one to show was a "yellow" variety that flew in to within 10 feet and landed in a small bare tree just to check out my "flock call" ( iBird Pro). More flew over and they spent the next 15 minutes on a large pine with many cones where they had a feeding frenzy. I found it interesting to watch as several of them( all red ones) plucked seeds from the cones. They would pull out a seed, clip off the attached "wing" and eat he seed. I watch one bird in particular for a few minutes. It downed a seed every 3-4 seconds. It was easy ( and interesting ) to count the twirlling "wings " as they fluttered to the ground.