[Tweeters] Where did all the Western Grebes go, anyway?

BRAD Liljequist bradliljequist at msn.com
Sun Nov 18 19:03:39 PST 2018

I know we are seeing declines in seabirds generally, but I miss the old huge raft of Westerns that used to hang out on the north side of Discovery. Does anyone know where they went, specifically?

This question was prompted by a lovely day of subtle birding at Lake Sammamish. Not a ton of birds, but as always the mouth of Issaquah Creek was replete with happy sounds of local birds, including a long closeup of a Downy pair down low on both sides of me, a real highlight (my favorite birding - when birds are so close binoculars are superfluous). I heard that very familiar, eerie call of a Western Grebe and when I got back out in the open counted 36 of them, a happy sight indeed. A couple hundred yards offshore of the main beach.

Brad Liljequist

West Phinney Ridge

Seattle, WA, USA
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