Horned Grebe

More upright and slender than a duck, and with a pointed beak instead of a flat bill, they’re rarely seen out of the water. White/black/gray plumage much of the year, but while breeding (spring/summer) turn dark brown/black with a golden streak across the face that extends into feathery “horns”.

Active seasons

Found mostly in winter, but also in some parts of the Columbia Valley for breeding season during the warmer months of spring and summer.

How/where to find

Can be found anywhere there’s water, but ponds, lakes, and marshes are the best places to get a good look at them.

Seen year round throughout all Regions and Outposts on The BC Bird Trail, it’s during breeding season that you can easily spot the Horned Grebe on the Columbia Valley Bird Trail.