|Typically a coot will be seen lazily swimming along in the marina. When |
a coot swims more briskly they cock their head like a pigeon does
when it walks. Once in a while we see them dive for food.
I had to look up information online to learn more about these unique wild birds. The following information is from All About Birds:
"The American Coot inhabits a wide variety of freshwater wetlands from prairie potholes to swamps and marshes to suburban park and sewage ponds to the edges of large lakes. Two features generally characterize all bodies of water where coots breed: (1) heavy stands of emergent aquatic vegetation along at least some portion of the shoreline and (2) at least some depth of standing water within those stands of vegetation."
They have a distinct "chirp"--once you hear it, it is very recognizable.
|This coot was stretching its legs on a nice sunny day on the finger pier. You |
can easily see that its feet are not webbed like a duck. However, their
feet contain lobes of skin that allow them to walk on soft mud.
|A coot is about two-thirds the size of a mallard--about |
the same size and shape as a chicken..
|This coot was getting ready to jump into the water because I was |
getting a little too close for his/her comfort.
Apparently, the coots are just here for the winter and in the spring they will head north to eastern Canada to breed. We'll enjoy their company while they are here.
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