Grebes at Lake Hodges

Clarks' grebe with two chicks riding on its back, Lake Hodges, California; May 2017.

The grebes are my favorite birds at Lake Hodges. There are both Western Grebes (Aechmophorus occidentalis) and Clark’s Grebes (Aechmophorus clarkii) at the lake. These two are relatively easy to keep apart — the feathers around the eyes of Western Grebes are black, but white on Clark’s Grebes. In addition to that, the Clark’s Grebe’s bill is brighter and slightly upturned.

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