Even though I was all by myself when I saw this pond dwelling waterbird I had to smile back at it for it had an appearance of smiling at me. All other Grebe species have a pointed bill but the Pied-billed has a chicken like bill. The word 'pied' refers to two or more patches of colours and in this case the Pied-billed Grebe has a black patch or ring around its bill. I don't often see Grebes and when I have it has only been one solitary one at a time. The Pied-billed Grebe is the only grebe species commonly seen in the east.