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A cute Pied-billed Grebe was spotted at the golf course pond behind the Mark Twain Library here in The Villages, FL on Sunday afternoon.  The small water bird is a frequent Winter visitor to our area.  This bird dives for aquatic snails, small fish, tiny frogs, tadpoles, tender small crayfish, and aquatic worms.

I rarely see flocks of these birds but generally do see one or two at a time.  These are at home on ponds  lakes and slower flowing rivers.  The Pied-billed Grebe is named for the banded, short, chicken-like bill the bird has.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!


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