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!