Tuesday, July 21, 2009

One big baby grebe in Green Lake

I visited the pied-billed grebes this morning and found they have one baby remaining, and it has grown in the two weeks since I visited last.

It was diving and swimming alongside its parents, making lots of noise between dives. The parents would feed it. After a while, they went back to the nest. One parent climbed on, and the baby rested and groomed nearby.
The parent called a couple of times.

After a while, the other parent came back. They both added some material to the nest. Then they ducked under a willow branch and sang a duet. The baby stayed put.

What are they up to? Another clutch? It seems a little late in the year.

Previous posts:
June 3: one egg.
June 10: seven eggs.
June 27:first hatching.
June 28: second hatching.
June 30: three babies, two eggs
July 1: still three babies, two eggs
July 3: three babies, one egg
July 6: two babies, away from nest.

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