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"Red-necked Grebe"
Red-necked Grebe:    The name "Red-necked" refers to the obvious coloration of the breeding plumage. 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 Red-necked Grebe was discovered by Lewis and Clark during their 1805-1806 expedition. Captain Lewis described both the Red-necked Grebe and the Pied-billed Grebe 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. ..."

 
April ... Chinook Landing, Oregon ...

Image, 2012, Chinook Landing, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Red-necked Grebe, Chinook Landing, Oregon. On pond south of the Columbia River and north of Gresham, Oregon. Image taken April 9, 2012. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.



Elsewhere ... by month
January ... Columbia River at Vancouver, Washington ...

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Red-necked Grebe, Columbia River at Vancouver, Washington. Overcast and gray, cold, with drizzle. Image taken January 5, 2013. Canon SX50.


January ... Ilwaco, Washington ...

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Red-necked Grebe with fish, Ilwaco, Washington. Image taken January 27, 2012. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.


April ... Columbia River at Woodland Bottoms, Washington ...

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Red-necked Grebe, Columbia River at Woodland Bottoms, Washington. (DIGISCOPED). Overcast and gray. Image taken April 20, 2013. Left image digiscoped, Nikon 50 and Canon S95. Right image Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.


October ... Tokeland Marina, Tokeland, Washington ...

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Red-necked Grebe, Tokeland Marina, Tokeland, Washington. Gray overcast but dry day, occasional sun break. Image taken October 25, 2012. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.
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Red-necked Grebe, Tokeland Marina, Tokeland, Washington. Gray overcast but dry day, occasional sun break. Image taken October 25, 2012. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.


November ... Columbia River at Tidewater Cove, Vancouver, Washington ...

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Red-necked Grebe, Columbia River at Tidewater Cove, Vancouver, Washington. Overcast and gray. Image taken November 1, 2014. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.
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Red-necked Grebe, Columbia River at Tidewater Cove, Vancouver, Washington. Overcast and gray. Image taken November 1, 2014. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.


November ... Tokeland Marina, Tokeland, Washington ...

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Red-necked Grebe (left, behind) and Western Grebe (right, front), Tokeland Marina, Tokeland, Washington. Raining. Image taken November 2, 2012. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.
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Clark's Grebe (left, front) and Red-necked Grebe (right, behind), Tokeland Marina, Tokeland, Washington. Raining. Image taken November 2, 2012. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.


November ... Columbia River at Broughton Beach, Oregon ...

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Red-necked Grebe, Broughton Beach, Columbia River, Oregon. Overcast and gray. Image taken November 4, 2011. Canon Rebel, 300mm.


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

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Red-necked Grebe, Columbia River upstream I-5 Bridge, Oregon side. Day heavy overcast and RAIN. Image taken November 18, 2010. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.


... with Western Grebe for comparison ...

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Western Grebe and Red-necked 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.


November ... Seaside Cove, Oregon ...

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Red-necked Grebe, Seaside Cove, Seaside, Oregon. Sunny, windy, cold, beautiful day. Image taken November 26, 2012. Canon EOS 7d, 400mm.



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