Last week I managed to get in a walk at Boomer Lake and as I was crossing the bridge on my way home I noticed that the grebe was swimming about.
I also noticed that it is showcasing it’s mating mark–the bill.
During the summer/breeding season, the bills of pied-grebes turn white with a black stripe on them.
The rest of the year, the beak is a more drab brown color, and there is no black stripe.
Since we’re in their year-round range, I had been hoping to spot one this summer. While I saw several during the winter, I have no idea if they were a mix of males and females, or all of one or the other. I will be keeping my eyes out again on walks, to see if maybe I can spot one possibly carrying their young with them for a swim.
Have you spotted a grebe in its summer’s finest?