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Oct 31, 2011

Pied-billed Grebes pass through

Photo by BarrytheBirder 
A pair of Pied-billed Grebes were the only migrants I spotted today.   They had stopped-over at Seneca College, near King City, and were busy diving for fish in Lake Jonda.   Of the four grebes which can be spotted in Ontario, The Pied-billed is the most likely to breed here but even then it is uncommon.   It has a short laterally compressed bluish-white bill which has a black ring during summer.   Other grebes have thinner, longer bills.   The name grebe is actually a french word and was borrowed into english in the mid-1700s.

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