The recent early Saturday morning Bird Walk was hopefully. Jason Sturner had spotted red-necked and horned grebes along the river at Ijams and Forks of the River a few days before.
Although we found several birds of interest including a raft of blue-winged teal in the distance and both wintering kinglets. No grebes were located.
Both species have been in the news of late because they are rarely seen in our area. But, lakes and waterways farther north are still frozen which has pushed the waterfowl farther south.
Grebes do not do well on ice or even solid ground. They're poor walkers but great swimmers and divers, so grebes need water.
Despite going grebeless east of Seattle, a good time was had by all.
- Text and photos by Stephen Lyn Bales
Grebe-less view of Tennessee River