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"Pied-billed Grebe"
Pied-billed Grebe:    The name "Pied-billed" refers to the obvious stripe on the bird's bill. The origin of the name "Grebe" is uncertain. Some researchers suggest "grebe" is possibly derived from the French griabe meaning "sea mew". Ehrlich, Dobkin, and Wheye, in their 1988 publication "The Birder's Handbook", write "No one is sure of the origin of the name grebe. It may come from the Breton work krib, for 'crest'."


The Pied-billed Grebe was seen by Lewis and Clark during their 1805-1806 expedition. Captain Lewis described both the Pied-billed Grebe and the Red-necked Grebe (a new bird to science) on March 10, 1806, while at Fort Clatsop.

"... the divers are the same with those of the Atlantic States.    the smaller species [Pied-billed Grebe] has some white feathers about the rump with no perceptable tail and is very active and quck in it's motion; the body is of a redish brown.    the beak sharp and somewhat curved like that of the pheasant.    the toes are not connected but webed like those discribed of the black duck [American Coot].    the larger speceis [Red-necked Grebe] are about the size of the teal and can flye a short distance which the small one scarcely ever attapts.    they have a short tail.    their colour is also an uniform brickredish brown, the beak is streight and pointed. the feet are of the same form of the other speceis and the legs are remarkably thin and flat one edge being in front.    the food of both speceis is fish, and the flesh unfit for uce. ..."

 
January ... Columbia River at Vancouver, Washington ...

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Pied-billed Grebe, Columbia River at Vancouver, Washington. Image taken January 2, 2016. Canon SX50.


March ... Lacamas Lake, Washington ...

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Pied-billed Grebe, Lacamas Lake, Washington. Left image taken March 2, 2009. Canon Rebel XSi, 200mm.


April ... Fernhill Wetlands, Forest Grove, Oregon ...

Image, 2013, Fernhill Wetlands, Forest Grove, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Pied-billed Grebe, Fernhill Wetlands, Forest Grove, Oregon. Image taken April 1, 2013, Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.


April ... Vanport Wetlands, Portland, Oregon ...

Image, 2011, Vanport Wetlands, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Pied-billed Grebe, Vanport Wetlands, Portland, Oregon. Overcast with occasional sun breaks. Image taken April 27, 2011. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.
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Pied-billed Grebe, Vanport Wetlands, Portland, Oregon. Overcast with occasional sun breaks. Image taken April 27, 2011. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.


April ... Ridgefield NWR, Washington ...

Image, 2008, Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, click to enlarge
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Pied-billed Grebe. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken, April 3, 2008.

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July ... Tualatin River NWR, Oregon ...

Image, 2013, Tualatin River NWR, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Pied-billed Grebe, Tualatin River NWR, Oregon. Image taken July 27, 2013. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.
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Pied-billed Grebe, Tualatin River NWR, Oregon. Image taken July 27, 2013. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.


September ... Koll Center Wetlands, Beaverton, Oregon ...

Image, 2010, Koll Wetlands, Beaverton, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Pied-billed Grebe, youngster, Koll Center Wetlands, Beaverton, Oregon. Fall morning with some overcast. Image taken September 24, 2010. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.


October ... Fernhill Wetlands, Forest Grove, Oregon ...

Image, 2010, Fernhill Wetlands, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Pied-billed Grebe, Fernhill Wetlands, Forest Grove, Oregon. Image taken October 16, 2010, Canon Rebel T2i, 300mm.


October ... Force Lake, Portland, Oregon ...

Image, 2010, Force Lake, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Pied-billed Grebe, Force Lake, Portland, Oregon. Image taken October 24, 2010. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.


November ... Columbia River at Hayden Island, Oregon ...

Image, 2010, Columbia River upstream I-5 Bridge, click to enlarge
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Pied-billed Grebe, Columbia River upstream I-5 Bridge, Oregon side. Afternoon, overcast, rain, with some sun breaks. Image taken November 27, 2010. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.


December ... Force Lake, Portland, Oregon ...

Image, 2015, Force Lake, Portland, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Pied-billed Grebe, Force Lake, Portland, Oregon. Image taken December 19, 2015. Nikon P900.



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