Horned Grebe

Podiceps auritus

The Horned Grebe is an uncommon wintering bird around Saint Paul Island. In early spring they can be found without much concerted effort in any of the sheltered bays around the island. By the first week in June, they have generally all departed for their breeding grounds to the north. The fall incursion begins in mid September, with numbers thereafter increasing. Occasionally stray individuals are found during the mid summer months, but these birds never seem to linger for any length of time. The spring birds, replete in their dapper red, black and gold plumages are a marvel to behold. The only other species of Grebe that is found around the Pribilofs is the much larger and longer necked Red-necked Grebe.