Officials found hundreds of the birds in the Wal-Mart parking lot in south Cedar City after receiving calls. The large flock of aquatic birds apparently crash-landed as a result the snow storm over southern Utah. Wildlife officials believe the Grebes, which can only take off and land from bodies of water, and apparently became confused by the wet parking lot. Grebes aren't birds that anatomically are able to land on hard surfaces.
Utah Division of Wildlife Resource officials and volunteers have rescued 2,500-3,000 of the birds relocating thems to Stratton pond near Hurricane and Quail Lake near St. George since large bodies of water around Cedar City are frozen.
Lynn Chamberlain, Utah Department of Wildlife Information and Education Specialist, said it's the fourth time something like this has happened in the last 20-years but this is by far the largest.