Red-necked Grebes at Wrightsville

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A trip up and down along the Susquehanna River was pretty boring today. All the ice has melted and any lingering ducks seem to have taken off. There was a large number of Ring-billed Gulls with a few Herring and Great Black-backed Gulls as well as two Lesser Black-backed Gulls.

The highlight was two Red-necked Grebes that have been seen at Wrightsville, PA for a while now. I forgot my digiscoping adapter so I was stuck hand-holding the camera which was a lot harder than I remembered, especially for a bird that dove every time that I focused on it. 

non-breeding Red-necked Grebe

non-breeding Red-necked Grebe

Red-necked Grebes breed in the upper Great Plains and western Canada and then migrate to either the Pacific or Atlantic coast for the winter. They also winter on the Great Lakes and when these freeze up the grebes often show up in lakes and rivers inland.