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American Coots

A migratory flock of American Coots has arrived in my area.  The coots come back every year in late Fall to spend the Winter in this area.  Coots are duck-like water birds that are really members of the Rail family of birds.  They have a duck-like body, webbed feet with individual toes and claws, and a chicken-like beak.  They are a dark charcoal grey with a white beak.

Coots are  primarily plant eating birds, with aquatic plants being the favorite foods.  These Coots are going to attract Bald Eagles as well as various large hawks. which are fond of eating the Coots.  I think that there are about two hundred  Coots in this flock.   I took these pictures on Nov. 14, 2012, at a private lake located a few miles from my home here.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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Comments on: "American Coots" (9)

  1. they’re so cool! i’ve never seen one in person. 🙂

    • Hi Theresa, They are cool. They are sometimes comical but are really gentle calm birds. They sometimes will come up from the water and graze on lawns – eating grass. Have a super nice Friday tomorrow!

  2. Those coots are so gorgeous. You are lucky to get to see those waterbirds… I just never see them –unless we are walking around some of the lakes here.

    Hope you are having a good week.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

    • Hi Betsy, Yes, about the only lakes where the Coots will be seen in your area are Lake St. George at the dam area and along the shorelines where the homes are. I also have spotted Coots on occasion at Lake Dartmoor and Lake Canterbury. Sometimes the little Mirror Lake will also host a few. Have a great Friday tomorrow!

  3. So neat–amazing to see such a large flock!

  4. Wow, what a large flock of Coots. I have seen small groups but never such a crowd like in your photos. Neat sighting!

    • Hi Eileen, They moved together in what can rightly be termed a “Raft”. Amazing to see. They are really nicely behaved birds, too. Sweet and shy. They leave a mess like Canada Geese so that seems to be the downfall of having a bunch on one’s lawn. Ha! Have a super nice day tomorrow!

  5. That is a lot of coots! I’ve never seen that many in one place at once.

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