Hey FL Birders,
Yesterday during an afternoon birding adventure, Elliot Schunke found Florida’s only second verified (photographed) record of a Red-necked Grebe! Below are Elliot’s notes of his fantastic find.
Red-necked Grebe – Lake Elberta, Tallahassee. 11/13/2012 at approx 14:30, I found a Red-necked Grebe on Lake Elberta in Tallahassee. ;”The bird was initially sleeping and I thought it was a Horned Grebe, that is until it swam right up to a Pied-billed Grebe and dwarfed it. It then awoke and lifted its head, showing it’s distinctively shaped and colored bill. When I left at around 15:00, the bird was still present and again sleeping.”
What a fantastic find! Birders have begun to flock over at Lake Elberta, as of 8 a.m. 11/14, nine hardcore birders have twitched this awesome grebe. More birders are undoubtedly on the way or planning a way out of work :)
Below are a few pictures taken by Elliot “Bear Down” Schunke and the Andy “Limeybirder” Wraithmell. Enjoy!
And a quick video taken for records by Elliot.
Great find Elliot!
The panhandle has been invaded by Red-breasted Nuthatch this winter. Reports of Junco are popping up along with Goldfinch and Siskins. Snow Geese, American Black Duck, White-faced Ibis and Golden-crowned Kinglet are being seen in the area making the trip, that much more worth it for twitchers. Get out and bird peeps, who knows what else is lurking.
Nature is Awesome
Angel & Mariel