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Pied-billed NOT Red-necked Grebe  2 20111113 | by Kenneth Cole Schneider
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Pied-billed NOT Red-necked Grebe 2 20111113

I need help with the ID of this bird. It think it is a Red-necked Grebe .Or is it just a Pied-billed in winter plumage? It was in with a flock of Hooded Mergansers in the pond at the interpretive building at Albuquerque's Rio Grande Nature Center this morning. Now leaning towards Pied-billed, based upon my impression in the field when I took the photo. Bill is not long enough for Red-necked. Pied-billed can have white chin in winter, as well as white belly.

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Taken on November 13, 2011