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A Western Grebe Sitting on the Dock

I took these pictures of the Western Grebes a few weeks ago before the lake froze over.  I have not seen them  in the last week.   These larger water birds are migrant visitors.  The Western Grebe, like the much smaller Pied-Billed Grebe, eat small aquatic animals and fish.  They dive for their meals.  The Grebes tend to paddle in pairs but sometimes will join with the Ducks and Coots.  Since the American Coots already were up  on my dock and in my yard, the Grebe just decided to hop up onto the dock and sit with the Coots.  Boy was I ever surprised to see the Grebe out of the water and on the wooden dock!  I have not seen this happen before or since.  The Grebe was on the dock on 1/2/11.  The smaller black-colored bird sitting next to the Grebe is an American Coot.  I took the pictures from my basement window.  I have also included a photo of the Western Grebe paddling in the water that I took on 1/3/11.  I was quite pleased to be able to see the Western Grebe up close on that cold winter day.  Please click on the thumbnail version to see the larger photo.  Enjoy!

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