Eared Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis) A common grebe of freshwater lakes in the west. Gregarious at all seasons; nests in dense colonies, sometimes congregates in huge numbers on lakes during migration and winter.
Horned grebe (Podiceps auritus) A small diver found mostly on northern marshes in summer, coastal bays in winter. Also widespread in Eurasia, where it is called Slavonian Grebe. Similar to Eared Grebe, but much less gregarious, it seldom nests in colonies and seldom gathers in large flocks at other seasons. Like other grebes, it must patter across surface of water to become airborne; may become trapped when waters freeze quickly overnight.
James's Flamingo (or Puna Flamingo) - photo by Iain and Sarah, via Wikipedia; thought to be extinct for several years until a colony was found in 1956; a small flamingo about 3.25 feet tall; lives in the Andes Mountains of Peru, Chile, Bolivia and Argentina; the plumage is very pale pink, with bright carmine streaks around the neck and on the back; the legs are red; there is red skin around the eyes; the bill is bright yellow with a black tip
Horned Grebe. Photo: Glenn Bartley ~ Vireo. A small diver found mostly on northern marshes in summer, coastal bays in winter in North America. Like other grebes, it must patter across the surface of the water to become airborne; may become trapped when waters freeze quickly overnight.
The Bar-tailed Godwit (Limosa lapponica) is a large wader in the family Scolopacidae, which breeds on Arctic coasts and tundra mainly in the Old World, and winters on coasts in temperate and tropical regions of the Old World. Its migration is the longest known non-stop flight of any bird and also the longest journey without pausing to feed by any anima