Grebes Nests at Clear Lake in California Now on Webcam

August 15th, 2012 by Mark

You can now watch grebes building their floating nests on webcam.

Grebes are a freshwater diving bird, known for their unusual plumage and the fact that they make their nests on water by using plant material.

We reported on Camscape last year when the Redbud Audubon Society used a webcam to show the nesting grebes. The webcam’s return this year marks its third year showing the grebes of Clear Lake, California.

One grebe relaxes as the waves gently rock their nest.

The Redbud Audubon Society is running the webcam as part of a four-year outreach program. They hope to educate jet-skiers and water-skiers and others that use the water for recreational purposes, so they don’t disturb the grebes during the summer when they breed.

A survey in July this year found 7,760 grebes on Clear Lake, inhabiting 1,800 nests that form 13 different colonies. This is a an improvement on the 1,248 nests in 2011 and 1,322 in 2010. Hopefully the webcam is doing its job!

You can check out the webcam here. The webcam is active every day from 10am to 6pm PDT.

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