Young Red Necked Grebes in NH?

by Tracy
(Conway, NH)

young grebes in NH

young grebes in NH

young grebes in NH young grebes in NH young 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.

Comments for Young Red Necked Grebes in NH?

Click here to add your own comments

Aug 18, 2012
They're back!
by: Tracy

The single remaining bird mentioned in the last post left the next day. After a week of no activity, tonight we have party of two.

The not-a-grebe juvenile Hooded Mergansers (two of them) returned this evening to the pond.

They look great; actively foraging underwater, bathing, etc.

Aug 11, 2012
Grebeless in Conway
by: Tracy

They are, in fact, juvenile Hooded Mergansers.
And still very neat!

Aug 11, 2012
Grebe update
by: Tracy

The grebes had been at the pond intermittently this past week. Then we had a terrific storm two nights ago with several trees and limbs down in the woods around the pond. Today I walked down and found a single grebe foraging in the pond. Don't know if it got separated from the other three temporarily or if something happened to them. Also got some new photos and video. Would like to add them to this page if possible...

Click here to add your own comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to What Is This Bird?.



Coming Soon

Recent Articles

  1. long billed bird

    Aug 18, 18 02:14 PM

    This is a very long-billed bird that loves mealworms. He resembles a brown thrasher without the long tail feathers.

    Read More

  2. Thistle whizzle

    Aug 18, 18 02:13 PM

    We have been trying to attract thes little beauties fir years with a variety of fancy thistle seed. Gave up and let them have at the sunflowers in our

    Read More

  3. Dull-colored bug-eater with a yellow beak?!

    Aug 14, 18 05:25 PM

    Spotted in Southeastern PA on 8/13/2018. Sparrow-sized. Blackish-greyish legs. Bright yellow beak. White breast without markings. Brownish wings with white

    Read More