Date: 11/12/19 10:16 pm From: Ryan Winkleman <rswinkleman...> Subject: Re: [OrangeCountyBirding] Is this a hybrid in the making?
Yes, you've got a Western and Clark's Grebe couple. If these photos and video were taken at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in Irvine, those species are known to hybridize there. Outside of that location I'm not so sure and I don't think it happens anywhere else in the county with any regularity, but a mixed couple and hybrid chicks have been documented annually(?) at the marsh for at least the last few years, particularly by local non-birder photographers.
On Tue, Nov 12, 2019, 10:08 PM Mike Kory <birds...> wrote:
> Hi folks, > I'm from Illinois, so I'm asking the locals for confirmation. > https://flic.kr/s/aHsmJkLpPH > Is this couple a Western and a Clark's Grebe? > The photo's aren't great, but I think they show enough info. > > If they are a hybrid couple, is this pretty common? > > Mike Kory > Charleston, IL > >
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