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Clark's Grebe & Western Grebe? central SD

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Taken 5 years ago - Lake Andes NWR SD (May 2014). Think the first photo is a Clark's Grebe, 2nd is a Western for comparison. Both were taken at the same location.

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first, great photos.

I think they're both western. Sibley's(not 2nd edition) show a non-breeding western can look like that first photo and a clark's SHOULD have more white around the eye. The book does say that "intermediate birds" are unidentifiable and some may be hybrids. But I still think it's just a western. The guide shows a very distinct different in bill color where the clark's should be far more yellow than this.

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Thanks for the inputs - here's another grebe I was wondering about. Same date and location (just a little farther away). The bill looks a lot smaller than what I'm use to seeing on Western Grebes (or is it just my imagination?)

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