Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 2002-

Common name:

Red-Necked Grebe

Scientific name: Podiceps grisegena
Date: November 1st and 2nd 2002
Time: 11:00
Length of time observed: one hour first time, saw three times total for about ten minutes every time after that
Number: 1
Age: nonbreeding?
Sex: ?
Location: Utah County landfill in Lindon.
County: Utah
Latilong: Salt Lake City Provo
Elevation: 4500 feet
Distance to bird: ten feet to 50 feet
Optical equipment: scope and baush and lomb binos
Weather: clear
Light Conditions: sunny, good
Detailed description of bird: dirty yellow bill. Redish tones in the neck. Grebe shaped. Smaller then the Western Grebe it was diving near. Dark sides, some white near the ear. Dark eye. More of a rounded bill, oposed to a sharp bill of the Western and Clark's Grebe. Very dirty looking Grebe
Song or call & method of delivery: none given
Behavior: diving, staying under for long periods of time. never saw him fly.
Habitat: Pond, marsh
Similar species and
how were they eliminated:
Western and Clark's Grebe. Lack of solid white, and smaller. There was a Western Grebe in the pond for comparison.
Previous experience with this & similar species: I have seen breeding plumaged birds off the coast of Washington and did see one a couple days later at East Canyon Resivoir in Morgan County.
References consulted: Sibleys Guide, National Geographic
Description from: From memory
Observer: KC Childs
Observer's address: 731 west 580 south Orem, Utah 84058
Observer's e-mail address:
Other observers who independently identified
this bird:
Eric Huish, Milton Moody, Tuula Rose, Merrill Webb.
Date prepared: December 25, 2002  (General Public)
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