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Thursday, July 13, 2006

Pied-billed Grebe

Yesterday we saw a Pied-billed Grebe on our lake. They're listed as a state endangered species in our state of New Hampshire, so it was thrilling to have this bird use the cove in front of our house.
We think they're underrated. What's there not to love. They have poofy white undertail coverts, kinda like a Corgi's rear. They're cute, small waterbirds that dive and catch fish and water insects. One of our favorite things is the way they can just lower their bodies and sink out of sight, like a submarine. They give a low staccato sound like kuk-kuk-kuk-kuk that we think sounds a lot like laughing. A bird with a sense of humor.

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