New York State CLARK’S GREBE! A first record for the state!

This Clark's Grebe exhibits all the characteristics of its species. Pale gray flanks, medium gray back, white completely encompassing the eye bright yellow-orange bill and thin dark line down the back of the neck.

This Clark’s Grebe exhibits all the characteristics of its species. Pale gray flanks, medium gray back, white completely encompassing the eye bright yellow-orange bill and thin dark line down the back of the neck.


This morning, Karen Miller, Scott Baldinger and I traveled north to Oswego Harbor in Oswego, New York to try for the CLARK’S GREBE that had been found there on Wednesday. It was pouring rain upon our arrival and only one other birder was present. In spite of these conditions, I spotted the grebe well out into the harbor immediately. We viewed the bird in the rain off and on throughout the morning. Finally around 11:30, the rain stopped and the sun came out. At that time, the bird moved closer in to the harbor on the west side. We moved to the Marine Museum parking lot and had great, much closer views of the bird. After getting many shots of the bird, We decided to head home. Thanks Karen and Scott for helping make it a great day. Other species seen in the harbor included White-winged and Black Scoters, Common Goldeneye, Greater and Lesser Scaup, Common and Red-breasted Mergansers, Herring and Ring-billed Gulls, Double-crested Cormorant, Mallards and more. Great birding!
Clark's Grebe in Oswego Harbor.

Clark’s Grebe in Oswego Harbor.

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