Astoria, Oregon ~ December 7, 2011
I think this must be a western grebe, although it has similar features to Clark's grebe. The head looks rounder to me, but then I know so little about birds. I'm sorry the photo isn't sharper. The grebes don't come in as close to shore as some of the other birds, and they will "run" as soon as they see me. There are plenty of fish and crustaceans in the Columbia River to keep a bird like this happy.
This red-eyed water bird is part of my current water bird series. Thanks to one of the blog's readers for asking for more local water birds!
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