Researchers examined the eggs of a variety of birds including eagles, ospreys, pied-billed
grebes, common terns and peregrine falcons.
Many "listers" travelled to see a Hudsonian Godwit in Somerset, whilst to the north a Pied-billed
Grebe was at RSPB Leighton Moss, Lancashire.
The eight focal species included Pied-billed
Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps), American Bittern, Least Bittern, King Rail (Rallus elegans), Virginia Rail (Rallus limicola), Sora, Common Gallinule (Gallinula chloropus), and American Coot (Fulica americana).
The two birds are the American bittern, and the Pied-billed
The deep water above the dam brings in common loon and horned, eared, western, Clark's and (rarely) red-necked grebes in migration, along with pied-billed
grebe, American coot and common merganser.
LAST week a small grebe, spotted on a lake at Hollingworth, Rochdale, was confirmed as a Pied-billed
Grebe, a rare North American species.
In addition to documentation and probable description, the authors provide interesting vignettes on times and cultures, traditions past--such as remarks from old market hunters that Pied-Billed
Grebe and Horned Grebe were actively marketed and considered "excellent" table fare.
Diving picivores of somewhat deeper water numbered five species (11%): two cormorants, Pied-billed
Grebe, Least Grebe, Eared Grebe.
Birds in the Glendale Narrows include pied-billed
grebe, mallard, cinnamon teal, American coot, killdeer, black phoebe, barn swallow, common raven, common yellowthroat, song sparrow, red-winged blackbird, brown-headed cowbird and northern red bishop.
The following bird taxa were regularly observed to take crawfish during the course of this study: Pied-billed
Grebe, Neotropic Cormorant, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Little Blue-Heron, White Ibis, White-faced Ibis, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, Ring-billed Gull, Laughing Gull, Forster's Tern, and Belted Kingfisher.
So it is quite amazing that a Pied-billed
Grebe from America sometimes reaches Britain.
Grebes Podilymbus podiceps were recorded on none of the water bodies occupied by Least Grebes.