Eared Grebe in Virginia, photo by Allen Larner
My mom asked me a question this morning around 11:30 am (yes, she's not a birder) "what's an Eared Grebe?" I responded "it's a REALLY RARE type of grebe in this area" "is it a year bird for you?" she responded "heck yes, a lifer!" I said. She had gotten word that one of the area's best birders Allen Larner had found an Eared Grebe only maybe 30 minutes away at Stuarts Draft. I didn't have directions though. So I called Allen. He gave directions. Next thing you knew, we were off.
I arrived at the pond where it had been seen and within seconds I spotted the grebe. It swam around giving terrific looks! Surprisingly the only other waterfowl there was a single American Coot. Eared Grebe, what a great life bird and # 370 for my Big Year!
On another note, on my way to Arizona my dad and I are going to rent a car for a few hours in Denver, Colorado and go chase an American Dipper. I've been in touch with a local birder and there's a certain park I will very likely be able to get a dipper at.
Tomorrow it's off to the Eastern Shore.