This morning in the drizzle, I was privileged to give a grebe his freedom. He had been at the SBWCN seabird pond for more than two weeks, brought in weak, seemingly unlikely to survive. But a diet of fish and vitamins brought him back to life. I've seen flocks of grebes in the harbor area (yesterday, I counted a 24 in a small flotilla) and so West Beach seemed a good place to be. The little bird, ungainly on land, hesitated in his bright red carry box and then rushed out before I could grab my camera. Without a backwards glance he dove into the waves and moved on to deeper waters. Thanks to June for her caring and the SBWCN for the fish! If you see seabirds needing help, a grebe beached, for instance, do call the Wildlife Care Network at 681-1080. It's quite likely the bird can be saved.
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