Signs of fall: Pied Billed Grebes

The first pied billed grebes have shown up in the impoundment and Huyler House pond.

They are a regular winter resident on the Dewees impoundment and Huyler House pond. They eat crustaceans, fish, frogs, insects, and other invertebrates.  They breed to the north of us, and our winter populations likely spend the summer in the northern midwest.  BNA (Birds of North America) describes them as being rather aggressive on the water, but I haven’t seen that.  (Although this one is not afraid of the alligator right nearby.)  When startled, they are more likely to dive than fly.  They are one of the smallest duck-like birds on the impoundment in the winter.

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