Totally captivated in 2007 by the live camera feed of the Hornby Island nesting Bald Eagles in B.C., I was drawn into birding and have never looked back. Thus begins my account of what I'm fortunate enough to discover each day and perhaps capture with my camera.

Unless otherwise stated, all images were taken by and are the property of Janice Melendez

Species Counts:

2014 Final Year List: 255; 2015 Year List a/o June 5, 2015: 235; Life List: 327

Monday, June 7, 2010

Eared Grebe- Cobourg Harbour- Monday June 7, 2010

Hohum, another Lifer today, zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

You have no idea how much John and I struggled today to find this handsome fellow that's been hanging out at the harbour for the past several days, he's my new favourite bird. As per the Atlas of the Breeding Birds of Ontario, the Eared Grebe is a western species, and a very rare and recent breeder in Ontario.  

The lighting was absolutely spectacular this morning to accentuate his wispy, golden plumes that at times almost looked bronze in colour. How striking they were next to his vibrant red eyes, neatly positioned over his black neck, I cannot figure out why he's flying solo without a girlfriend, he's so handsome, fastidiously-groomed, polite, and well-mannered- who says all the good ones are taken???!!!

To Les in West Van: in case you couldn't tell, "Grebe is the new Kingbird"- hah!

1 comment:

Ann Brokelman said...

Stunning bird. Nice find