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Morro Bay Winter Bird Festival

Loons and Grebes

Clark's Grebe

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Photographer:  Ruth Ann Angus
Photographer's Website:  website

Key Identifying Points:  White over eye and bright yellow bill

Comments:  Uncommon   >> more info

Common Loon

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Family:  Loon
Latin Name:  Gavia immer
Photographer:  Ruth Ann Angus
Photographer's Website:  website

Key Identifying Points:  In winter plumage jagged neck marking, white partial collar; breeding feathers white and black checkering on back and black head; red eye

Comments:  Common   >> more info

Eared Grebe

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Family:  Grebes
Latin Name:  Podiceps nigricollis
Photographer:  Ruth Ann Angus
Photographer's Website:  website

Key Identifying Points:  In breeding feathers, wispy yellow plums on side of head;in winter feathers dull grey, point over head

Comments:  Common   >> more info

Horned Grebe

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Family:  Podicipedidae
Latin Name:  Podicipedidae
Photographer:  Ruth Ann Angus
Photographer's Website:  website

Key Identifying Points:  In breeding feathers solid yellow patch on side of head. In winter plumage all white patch on side of head.

Comments:  Common in winter on our coast.   >> more info

Pied-billed Grebe

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Family:  Grebe
Latin Name:  Podilymbus podiceps
Photographer:  Ruth Ann Angus
Photographer's Website:  website

Key Identifying Points:  In breeding feathers, black ring on pale bill-nonbreeding, stout bill

Comments:  Uncommon   >> more info

Western Grebe

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Photographer:  Mike Baird
Photographer's Website:  website