Red-necked Grebe

Podiceps grisegena

Red-necked Grebes are a common wintering bird around the Pribilof Islands. When the tour season begins there are generally several individuals lingering around the shores of Saint Paul. By the third week of June, the last birds have headed north. There are a few records for Red-necked Grebes in mid-summer but during most years, the species does not reappear in appreciable numbers until early September. The only other regularly occurring grebe in the Bering Sea is the much smaller Horned Grebe, which should not cause an observer any identification pitfalls. Grebes are best sought in sheltered bays around the island’s shores, or on more open water on the leeward side of the island. Particularly good locations include Webster Bay, English Bay, Tonki Point, Marunich and the north side of Northeast Point.

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