Grebe question


Denise Hughes
 

Does anyone know what this young grebe is doing? I’ve noticed this a few times in the last couple of weeks. It tried to climb on its parent’s back with no success. Then it put it’s head down behind the adult.






Denise Hughes
Caldwell, Idaho


rattlesnake4873
 

It's been decades since I took animal behavior but I think it might be a substitution behavior for inability to climb on the parent's back. It looks like it is nuzzling into the feathers between the wing and body.

Dean Jones
Donnelly

On Fri, Sep 3, 2021 at 8:50 AM Denise Hughes <deniseh449@...> wrote:
Does anyone know what this young grebe is doing?  I’ve noticed this a few times in the last couple of weeks.  It tried to climb on its parent’s back with no success.  Then it put it’s head down behind the adult.






Denise Hughes
Caldwell, Idaho







--
Dean Jones
"A world of facts lies outside and beyond the world of words." Thomas Huxley
208-859-0072


Cathy Eells
 

It could be a question for Susan Kain or Mark Lupher.  I will forward the photo.

Cathy 

On Fri, Sep 3, 2021 at 8:50 AM Denise Hughes <deniseh449@...> wrote:
Does anyone know what this young grebe is doing?  I’ve noticed this a few times in the last couple of weeks.  It tried to climb on its parent’s back with no success.  Then it put it’s head down behind the adult.






Denise Hughes
Caldwell, Idaho






Denise Hughes
 

Thanks Dean.

The first time I noticed it I wondered what was attached the the adult grebe.  I’m sure it was just seconds but it seemed like a couple of minutes and then a head popped up.  

Birds have such incredible behaviors.  

Denise Hughes
Caldwell, Idaho

On Sep 3, 2021, at 8:55 AM, rattlesnake4873 <Rattlesnake4873@...> wrote:


It's been decades since I took animal behavior but I think it might be a substitution behavior for inability to climb on the parent's back. It looks like it is nuzzling into the feathers between the wing and body.

Dean Jones
Donnelly

On Fri, Sep 3, 2021 at 8:50 AM Denise Hughes <deniseh449@...> wrote:
Does anyone know what this young grebe is doing?  I’ve noticed this a few times in the last couple of weeks.  It tried to climb on its parent’s back with no success.  Then it put it’s head down behind the adult.






Denise Hughes
Caldwell, Idaho







--
Dean Jones
"A world of facts lies outside and beyond the world of words." Thomas Huxley
208-859-0072


Denise Hughes
 

Thanks.

Denise Hughes
Caldwell, Idaho

On Sep 3, 2021, at 8:58 AM, Cathy Eells <cathyeells53@...> wrote:


It could be a question for Susan Kain or Mark Lupher.  I will forward the photo.

Cathy 

On Fri, Sep 3, 2021 at 8:50 AM Denise Hughes <deniseh449@...> wrote:
Does anyone know what this young grebe is doing?  I’ve noticed this a few times in the last couple of weeks.  It tried to climb on its parent’s back with no success.  Then it put it’s head down behind the adult.






Denise Hughes
Caldwell, Idaho






Mark Stackhouse
 

Yeah, call it “grown kid still living in their parent’s basement syndrome.” That looks like a baby that’s taking growing up rather hard . . .

Mark Stackhouse
westwings@sisna.com
from Mexico:
01-323-285-1243 (San Blas, Nayarit)
001-801-518-5618 (cellular - U.S. and Mexico)
from U.S.
011-52-323-285-1243 or
1-801-518-5618

On Sep 3, 2021, at 8:50 AM, Denise Hughes <deniseh449@gmail.com> wrote:

Does anyone know what this young grebe is doing? I’ve noticed this a few times in the last couple of weeks. It tried to climb on its parent’s back with no success. Then it put it’s head down behind the adult.






Denise Hughes
Caldwell, Idaho





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Denise Hughes
 

It does yell a lot for food.

Denise Hughes
Caldwell, Idaho

On Sep 3, 2021, at 9:57 AM, Mark Stackhouse <westwings@sisna.com> wrote:

Yeah, call it “grown kid still living in their parent’s basement syndrome.” That looks like a baby that’s taking growing up rather hard . . .

Mark Stackhouse
westwings@sisna.com
from Mexico:
01-323-285-1243 (San Blas, Nayarit)
001-801-518-5618 (cellular - U.S. and Mexico)
from U.S.
011-52-323-285-1243 or
1-801-518-5618


On Sep 3, 2021, at 8:50 AM, Denise Hughes <deniseh449@gmail.com> wrote:

Does anyone know what this young grebe is doing? I’ve noticed this a few times in the last couple of weeks. It tried to climb on its parent’s back with no success. Then it put it’s head down behind the adult.






Denise Hughes
Caldwell, Idaho





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Yvonne Motherwell
 

Clearly, he’s embarrassed by his inability to climb on Mama’s back and he’s hiding his head in shame.

-Yvonne Motherwell
Meridian, ID

On Sep 3, 2021, at 10:28 AM, Denise Hughes <deniseh449@gmail.com> wrote:

It does yell a lot for food.

Denise Hughes
Caldwell, Idaho

On Sep 3, 2021, at 9:57 AM, Mark Stackhouse <westwings@sisna.com> wrote:

Yeah, call it “grown kid still living in their parent’s basement syndrome.” That looks like a baby that’s taking growing up rather hard . . .

Mark Stackhouse
westwings@sisna.com
from Mexico:
01-323-285-1243 (San Blas, Nayarit)
001-801-518-5618 (cellular - U.S. and Mexico)
from U.S.
011-52-323-285-1243 or
1-801-518-5618


On Sep 3, 2021, at 8:50 AM, Denise Hughes <deniseh449@gmail.com> wrote:
Does anyone know what this young grebe is doing? I’ve noticed this a few times in the last couple of weeks. It tried to climb on its parent’s back with no success. Then it put it’s head down behind the adult.






Denise Hughes
Caldwell, Idaho





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Robert Kiernan
 

About a week ago I saw 3 young riding on adults back 4 days later the young hanging close to adult trying climb up then dive for few seconds I think adults  getting them ready to grow up / fledge adult feeding them made for interesting photos


On Fri, Sep 3, 2021, 8:50 AM Denise Hughes <deniseh449@...> wrote:
Does anyone know what this young grebe is doing?  I’ve noticed this a few times in the last couple of weeks.  It tried to climb on its parent’s back with no success.  Then it put it’s head down behind the adult.






Denise Hughes
Caldwell, Idaho