This is a red-necked grebe, a favourite of country music fans, that we saw on a road trip yesterday.
They are nesting along the waterfront in Toronto.
Two of the chicks wore themselves out and took a break on mom's back.
I took over 400 shots so you will be seeing more of the grebes in the near future.
Like other grebes, the Red-necked Grebe ingests large quantities of its own feathers. Feathers remain in the bird's stomach. The function of feathers in the stomach is unknown. One hypothesis suggests that the feathers help protect the lower digestive tract from bones and other hard, indigestible material.
The Red-necked Grebe migrates over land strictly at night. It sometimes migrates over water or along coasts by day, in large flocks.
source- Cornell Lab of Ornithology.