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Species Code: POGR
Breeding Range Map
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This species is common in large freshwater lakes, sloughs, and reservoirs in northeastern Washington, especially in the lower river valleys of northeastern counties but they are rare and local elsewhere.
Good habitats in the core areas of use included lakes and rivers with emergent vegetation from parts of the Palouse, Three-tip Sage, Ponderosa Pine, and Interior Douglas-fir zones beginning east of Sinlahekin Creek in Okanogan County. Since this Grebe needs stagnant or slow moving water bodies with suitable developing vegetation for nesting, marshy backwaters and other areas with still water is where they occurred when modeled on rivers.
This species nests on floating vegetation mats in open water or along the shoreline. However, lakes and stable water levels are preferred over those that fluctuate during breeding season (such as those regulated by dams). In fact, although this is a limitedly distributed species, the Red-necked Grebe is common in most ponds and lakes. There were scattered records outside the counties modeled but breeding in those places is evidently rare.
Translated from the Washington Gap Analysis Bird Volume by Uchenna Bright
Text edited by Gussie Litwer
Webpage designed by Dave Lester