Red-necked Grebe Podiceps grisegena
Bronte Harbour, Oakville, ON
11 May 2013
Once again a pair of Red-necked Grebes is nesting in the inner harbour. The nest contains more fresh greenery than I have ever seen and one bird (the female I assume) was sitting on the nest. The male delivered new material to her (as seen in the photograph below) which she accepted and carefully rearranged according to her sense of what seemed right. There was considerable vocalization between the two birds, and the male even attempted some minor housekeeping at the nest.
Last year, as far as I know, they failed to rear any young; let us hope that this year brings more success.