Young Red Necked Grebes in NH?
young grebes in NH
These 4 young birds have been hanging out in my pond for the last week. I've been watching them with binoculars. This morning I walked down closer and got some photos and a minute of video.
They are smallish, about the size of a call duck, with pointy yellow bills and dark legs. They were standing on the bank yesterday and are very white from the waterline down; some white shows at the end of the wing when they float. Saw one stretch and flap and there's more white under the wing.
They are very busy diving and foraging the pond: lots of frogs and crayfish, but no fish here.It's manmade, springfed and about maybe 50'x80'. Quite low at this time.
I have not seen them fly, although they did appear to be gone when I checked late yesterday. However, they are there this morning. I'm between Conway Lake and the Saco River, so they have lots of options.
If they are red-necked grebes, I believe that would make them unusual for Carroll County, NH.