11 Oct 2007
E-mail from Merrill Webb (11 Oct 2007):
This morning, Thursday, I observed a single
Red-necked Grebe on Clegg's Pond (as it is known by the locals)in west
Orem. To reach the pond take the University Parkway exit off I-15 and turn
west. At Geneva Road turn north (right) and proceed to next stop light.
Turn west (left) onto Sleepy Ridge Drive [1000 South] (which goes to
the Sleepy Ridge Golf Course in west Orem) and travel for less than one
mile to Golden Pond Way. Turn left. This road goes past a black
metal gate. After two houses on the left turn south (left) onto a
dirt road which takes you right down to the pond, which is between the
road and the golf course. I had three different grebes in the same field
of vision: Clark's, Pied-billed, and the Red-necked for easy comparison.
There were golfers on the south side of the pond, but the grebes didn't
seem to be concerned by their activities. I was able to get within about
50-60 yards of the bird and view it with my spotting scope. It isn't as
brightly colored as the pictures show for the adult--probably moulting
into winter plumage, but there is still enough red on the neck, especially
on the back of the neck, to I.D. it as this species.
Photos by Milt Moody