The subtropical habitats of south Texas make this little corner of the country the only place where you can see a bunch of neotropical bird species without leaving the USA. One of those birds is the Least Grebe. Found in many parts of Mexico and Central and South America, the Least Grebe also feels right at home in the oxbow lakes and wetlands of southernmost Texas.
The Sabal Palm Sanctuary hosts wetlands frequented by the Least Grebe and other south Texas specialties. On a recent trip there, I had the good fortune to watch a pair of these small aquatic birds, including a female on her nest.
When mama Least Grebe got up to clear some debris from the nest, three little eggs were revealed!
The male came by to show his concern for his mate and eggs.
After seeing that everything was fine with her eggs, the female grebe covered them back up with debris.
As with other grebe species, the Least Grebe spends its entire life on and in the water. They can only take off on water after a running start and can’t even take off from land. Soon, Sabal Palm Sanctuary will play host to the three fuzzy little grebelings that hatch from this trio of eggs.