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I have never seen any coots here on the little farm pond before.  Yesterday afternoon I was exploring the far end of the property on the pond shoreline and saw a single American  Coot paddling around in the muddy reeds.  Coots are not ducks even though they look a lot like them.  The coots have a large white beak and also have toed feet with webbing like a duck.  A mixture of duck and chicken-like bird characteristics.  Coots are members of the Rail family of birds.  Coots are chicken or duck-sized birds.  They paddle on ponds, lakes and slow rivers, fly, and also stroll around on the shore.

I had a small flock of coots graze on my front lawn last year at the lake house.  Coots eat water plants, grasses, and grains.  They like to dive under the water to seek out tender aquatic plants for their meal.  They also dive to avoid predators.  Coots are themselves favored as a meal by Bald Eagles, Osprey, and most kinds of Hawks.  That is one reason why the Bald Eagles are in the Crossville, TN area during the winter months along larger lakes.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photo.  Enjoy!

Comments on: "A Coot Comes to Visit the Pond" (10)

  1. TexWisGirl said:

    i’ve never seen one in person, but they look so unique!

    • Hi TexWisGirl, Having seen them up close, I will tell you that they are pretty cool birds. They seem to me to be more chicken-like than duck-like in their nature. I had about 15 on my lawn last Winter. They also have longer legs than one would think. They sort of have a low whistle but don’t make much sound often. Have a wonderful day tomorrow!

  2. I have never seen one, but you got some good pictures. It sure looks like some sort of a duck, I would never have known it isn’t.

  3. I love the picture with the Coot and the Heron!

    • Hi Montucky, I do too. This afternoon, I did not see the Great Blue Heron, but I did see that Coot – it was trying to make friends with the Mallards (they basically ignored it). Have a super nice day tomorrow!

  4. Hi Linda, Great picture of the Coots. You are getting to see many different water-birds in your new place. That is AWESOME…

    I guess I need to take a ride down to St. George lake and look for the eagles sometime…

    Beautiful day today, wasn’t it???

  5. Love the photo of the the heron and the coot. 🙂

  6. Looks like the Coot found a nice place, your pond. Great photos, I love the shot with the heron. Great post, I hope you have a wonderful day.

  7. Living in Central Scotland, Coots are very common birds on ponds. They are often found with Moorhens and are resident birds.

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