Date: 10/31/18 11:10 am
From: Robert O'Brien <baro...>
Subject: [obol] Re: Eared Grebe - Willapa Bay (nearby WA)
They are found by the 1000's (10,000s?) on Mono Lake at the
California/Nevada border in migrations
I one time found one on the casting pond at Westmoreland Manor/Park in
'downtown' Portland. That was a surprise.
Bob OBrien

On Wed, Oct 31, 2018 at 10:05 AM Jeff Gilligan <jeffgilligan10...>

> > On Oct 30, 2018, at 1:32 PM, Lars Norgren <larspernorgren...>
> wrote:
> >
> > Horned Grebes are regular on bays and the ocean in winter. Eared are
> outnumbered by maybe two orders of magnitude. Eared Grebes' flight muscles
> atrophy in winter making them temporarily flightless! They winter in a
> select few places such as the Salton Sea. The biggest numbers I've seen in
> western Oregon were at the Philomarh lagoons, this time of year. Are there
> ever any lingering for the Christmas Count?
> >
> I think they are misidentified often, especially when Horned Grebes are in
> a “messy” plumage. When I have seen them on the northern Oregon coast it
> has usually been on sewage ponds, such as the ones at Nehalem.
> Jeff Gilligan
> (BTW: I got a new Willapa yard bird yesterday: White-throated Sparrow.)
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