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Order: PODICIPEDIFORMES
Podicipedidae

1. western grebe
2. Clark's grebe
3. pied-billed grebe
western and clark's grebes
clarks grebe

The first and third are western grebes (Aechmophorus occidentalis) and the one in the middle is a Clark’s grebe (Aechmophorus clarkii) Spanish Landing (near the airport), San Diego, CA, USA. The Clark’s grebe was a lifer for me.  I always scan for a Clark’s grebe every time that I see western grebes, hoping to get lucky.  I never went looking for Clark’s grebes specifically because the thrill of hoping to see one among a group of western grebes was more fun than going on a deliberate quest to see one.  It sure made seeing a flock of western grebes more exciting to watch.

 

pied billed grebe

Pied-billed grebe (Podilymbus podiceps), Loxahatchee Wildlife Refuge, FL, USA