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Common Name:Grebe, Horned
Scientific Name:Podiceps auritus
Family:Podicipedidae (Grebes)
Area:Lowe's Pond - Salem, Oregon
Date:October 26, 2014

The upper photo is the winter plumage of the Horned Grebe, which looks similar to an Eared Grebe. The Horned Grebe looks a little stockier with a thicker bill and a sharper difference between the black and white on the face. The Horned Grebe in adult beeding plumage is shown in the lower photo.

Winchester Bay, Oregon - - - April 14, 2013

North Spit Boat Launch - Coos Bay, Oregon - - - November 7, 2011

Reference:Kaufman Field Guide to Birds of America by Kaufman