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The American Coots have been here on the lake now for several weeks.  They are visiting our lake as the seemingly do on an annual basis in Fall.  Here on this blog I have already shown photographs of the Coots paddling on the lake, and even flying across the surface of the lake.  Yesterday I noticed that a small division of the big flock of Coots was grazing on a neighbor’s backyard lawn!  I did not know that Coots would graze.  I don’t know if the Coots were trying to catch earthworms or if they were eating grass.  I caught pictures of the Coots taking a short flight into the lake and then the division of Coots joining the larger flock on the water.  Notice the huge clawed toed feet that these waterbirds have.  The Coot is not a duck but is a bird in the Rail family.  It has a beak instead of a duck bill.  The Coots are good divers and often cruise the shallows of the lake looking for food.  They seem to eat water plants and small aquatic animals and insects.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Comments on: "Coots Grazing, Taking Wing to the Water and Paddling in a Flock" (3)

  1. Interesting, LInda…. I didn’t know that the coot wasn’t in the duck family… Your post was such an education for me. They do have huge claws… Great pictures. Thanks for sharing.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

  2. They are interesting birds! That’s a pretty good sized flock of them too. Your lake must have a good supply of food!

  3. Great pictures! For some reason, the one in the middle wouldn’t enlarge, but all the others did.

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