By: Pat Coate
While spending a wonderful weekend visiting my daughter in Milwaukee I snuck in a quick walk at one of the downtown parks along Lake Michigan. There were a number of interesting migrants in the area including a beautiful pair of Horned Grebes in breeding plumage.
The Horned Grebe’s feet seemed set farther back than most ducks (as seen in above photo), which was verified when I checked the fields guides.
The pair was diving for fish in a shallow inlet where the water was clear enough that you could watch them underwater. They are small ducks, in fact one little girl passing by said ‘Look, Mommy, baby ducks.’
The yellowish, golden feathers on either side of the head give the Horned Grebe its name and are especially impressive when the bird has them raised. The males and females look similar.
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