The beauty of living here in this part of the country is we are on the western edge of the Eastern Flyway for migratory birds. That means we are also on the eastern edge of the Central Flyway for migratory birds. Strong winds can blow a species off course, and force them to take the scenic route. The Horned Grebe usually resides just west of us across the prairies and north to Alaska. It is not rare to see them here. It is just strange. This guy was obviously just resting before re-orienting himself.
The Horned Grebes main diet is fish, some crustaceans. The "Horns" for which the bird is named are actually yellow tufts of feathers above and behind the eyes present only during the bird's breeding season.
This little guy was right downtown along our waterfront. He was enjoying our supply of minnows. The bright red eyes are another distinguishing feature of this grebe.
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