I do not consider myself a birder or bird watcher but, as a fisherman, I am interested in bird behavior. Birds make great fish finders if you know how to use them.
Most of the lakes that I visit have healthy populations of Western Grebes. I'm sure there are some Clark's Grebes in the mix too but differentiating between the two is not important to me.
I have done some research on the internet and most of the articles I have read say that Grebes are migratory.
I have two reasons for not believing this.
First, the grebes are ALWAYS at the lake. Doesn't matter what time of year, the grebes are there.
Second, in all the years I have been watching the grebes I have never, ever seen one take to wing or foot. They are always in the water.
I cannot find a picture of a grebe in flight anywhere on the internet but I did find one picture of a grebe on foot.
I am convinced that these birds never leave the body of water in which they were born.
I would like to hear what the birding community has to say about the grebe.