… oh, and the red-necked grebes are back in town.
One day you’re on snowshoes chasing willow ptarmigan in the high country, the next you’re sitting quietly by a local pond marveling at the new life freshly arrived. The grebes actually appeared first, then the Arctic terns a week or two later.
The terns have flown north all the way from Antarctica to nest here in Alaska. It’s an epic migration that seems to have left them famished. Here they’re dining on sticklebacks.
The grebes also feed on sticklebacks, along with invertebrates like dragonfly naiads. Their “hair” styles can seem a little hilarious when they get their dander up. Meanwhile, a common loon silently patrols the shallows for a fish dinner of its own.
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