Hi folks I've been lurking for many years picking up lots of valuable info on visits to the park. Thank you. This May we'll make our 8th trip to the park and I've often wanted to get a photo of western grebes doing their "rushing" mating ritual/water dance. I've seen photos of them tagged with keywords of "Bozeman" and "May" and one description saying they might congregate near the dam at Henry's Lake. Does anyone know if there is a semi reliable spot (or guide) in the Greater Yellowstone/Grand Teton area or even if its the right time of year for them (we're from the east coast). I do realize that all wildlife sightings are very unpredictable and that actually finding them would be a very long shot, but if anyone can increase my odds it would be this forum. Thanks Cosmo
Western Grebes are still wintering here on the west coast and they are regular visitors to Yellowstone Lake and the Grand Tetons around Oxbow Bend but I can't recall seeing them do their greeting rituals. I have seen the Eared Grebes up at Trout Lake do their "dancing." This was shot in late May of 2014.
I don't have much that can help in Yellowstone other than I've seen Western/Clark grebes in Hayden Valley several times, but never seen them dancing, and eared grebes at Floating Island, but not dancing. If you want to take a 4-hour or so trip down to Utah, there are TONS of Western/Clark grebes at the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge right now (near Brigham City, Utah), and they ARE dancing (a photo of a pair doing their dance a week or so ago is on the BRMBR web site). Probably not what you want to do while you have time in the park, but sometime if you have time, that's a great place for birds.