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!