There were numerous Western Grebes floating in small flotillas with their heads tucked on their backs here as well. They looked to have the right proportionsbut were slightly less gray. I held some shiny silver quarters up but they showed no interest. They just continued riding the current with heads tucked tight. I figured I should continue to look.
The Brant were long enough through the neck and showed similar color on the flanks, but they seemed to have the wrong bill shape and were definitely more interested in eel grass than eggs. I finally figured these had to be some other species and left it to be figured out another day. Besides I was birding now and with each new sighting was beginning to feel more and more like myself again.