Date: 5/4/18 10:37 am From: Jon Little via VA-bird <va-bird...> Subject: [VA-bird] RN GREBE, COME chicks / Clarke Co
I found a single, rather late Red-Necked Grebe today along Ellerslie Rd in Clarke Co. As I approached to try for a pic, it got up and flew south 1/2 mile or so, but couldn't be found again. As there were canoes & kayaks downstream, I assume the bird was nervous because of that.
Shortly after, I found a family of Common Mergansers in the same area. There were 10 young with 1 adult female, one of the chicks on her back (see my entry in the Atlas for pics). There is a particular rock in the river that the birds had been sitting on, but jumped in the water when they saw me. We had seen a pair of COME on that rock, more than once in the past few years, so I assume the nest was in that area.