Verification of Unusual Sight Record
For Utah

Rec. # 201

Common name:

Red-necked Grebe

Scientific name: Podiceps grisegena
Date: October 13, 2012
Time: ~ 9:00a
Length of time observed: 5 min
Number: 1
Age: ?
Location: Quail Creek State Park
County: Washington
Latilong: 19
Distance to bird: Bird: 200 m
Optical equipment: 60x scope
Weather: clear
Light Conditions: backlit
Description:        Size of bird:  
(Description:)       Basic Shape:  
(Description:)  Overall Pattern:  
(Description:)            Bill Type:  
Field Marks and
Identifying Characteristics:
I received a call from Kevin Wheeler that he and the Red Cliffs Audubon field trip participants had located a Red-necked Grebe at QCSP. When I arrived it was actively diving off the west dike parking area.

Slightly but distinctly smaller than nearby Western Grebes. Black back, gray sides and flanks, blackish head with large white cheek patch. Rufous on neck breast, and yellowish bill with a black culmen.
(see photo)
Song or call & method of delivery: na
Behavior: swimming and diving
Habitat: reservoir
Similar species and how
were they eliminated:
distinguished from Western Grebe by shorter bill and neck pattern
Previous experience with
this & similar species:
References consulted:  
Description from: Notes made later
Observer: Rick Fridell
Observer's address: Hurricane, UT
Observer's e-mail address: **
Other observers who independently identified this bird:  
Date prepared: 12-26-12
Additional material: Photo
Additional_Comments: digiscoped photo