I saw this little guy resting behind the willows this morning and need help in identifying it. It was quite a diver.
Ahh, what a cutie! The Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) is found in ponds
throughout Michigan in the summer. Other names of this grebe include American
dabchick, Carolina grebe, devil-diver, dive-dapper, dipper,
hell-diver, pied-billed dabchick, thick-billed grebe, and water witch.
Allaboutbirds.org describes them as, “A small diving bird
with a chicken-like bill, the Pied-billed Grebe is common on lakes and ponds
across North America. It is rarely seen flying and prefers to sink out of sight
when danger threatens.”
The binomial name is derived from Latin Podilymbus, a contraction of podicipes ("feet at the buttocks",
from podici-, "rump-" + pes, "foot". It refers to the
way the bird’s feed are located toward the back of its body. In flight, the
feet extend beyond the tail and help the bird to steer.
Birds of Michigan
field guide. He wrote, “The Pied-billed
Grebe is an extremely wary bird and is far more common than encounters would
lead you to believe. It tends to swim inconspicuously in shallow water of quiet
bays and rivers. Only occasionally voicing its strange chuckle or whinny. These
grebes build their floating nests among sparse vegetation, so that they can see
predators approaching from far away. When frightened by an intruder, they cover
their eggs and slide under water, leaving a nest that looks like nothing more
than a mat of debris. A pied Billed Grebe can slowly submerge up to its head,
so that only its nostrils and eyes remain above the water.”
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