Now, what do you think of the name of this bird? According to the dictionary, pied means “of two or more colors in blotches”. So I guess that would apply to this bird’s bill. The Pied-billed Grebe is an interesting water bird. When they are actively feeding, sometimes just their head will appear above the water – and they can ‘sink’ out of sight when they feel threatened.
Pied-billed Grebes are really quite common in our area, but they are very secretive and so they are hard to see. Over at the Bug Creek Walking Trails on FR 203 you can hear their calls. It’s a very spooky call and it’s even spookier because most times you can’t see where the sound is coming from. They nest in the area and their young chicks are so cute, they are covered in black and white stripes. I hope to get a photo some time in the future.