Tuesday, March 11, 2014

American Coot

I am linking up with Wild Bird Wednesday and Nature Notes

For this week's featured bird I am sharing the American Coot.


 The Coot has a white bill with a rusty band. The head is darker in color than the body.



 The American Coot  is listed as a Rail species even thought it hardly seem to behave like a rail. It swims regularly in the open water an dives for aquatic vegetation. They are common and widespread.



Some more info on the American Coot, groups of Coots are called rafts.Mating season starts in May-June. A coot mate pairings are monogamous throughout their life.

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57 comments:

Sue said...

I'd love to know how they classified this as a "rail".
Looks like a duck to me!
Hope you're getting a bit of the warmth and sunshine today that we had yesterday--it was marvelous. Of course, the snow in the yard didn't give me any chance to actually DO anything...LOL!
Have a great day, Eileen!
:)

Margaret Adamson said...

Hi Eileen great to see so many American Coots. When we went to Scotland for the bird trip and saw 1, we were very excited.

Jo said...

Hi Eileen, I love seeing your bird sightings as they're often so similar to ours. We have the Red-knobbed (Crested) Coot which also has a white bill. Thanks for sharing. Have a great day. Jo

Mary Cromer said...

Good morning and what a great start to my day. I love this. Just 2 weeks ago I saw 2 Amer. Coots and Sunday before church 1 remained. It is really a cool looking bird! Happy birding~

The happy wanderer. said...

One of your birds that I enjoyed seeing in the west, and a nice post.

Blackberry Lane said...

Good Morning, Eileen. These are gorgeous photos.

DIMI said...

Good morning Eileen!!
Such beautiful birds!Are they ducks?Wonderful shots and great captures!Thank you for sharing!Wish you a happy week!Hugs!
Dimi...

David Gascoigne said...

It's nice to see a feature on a relatively common species, probably under-appreciated. It's doubtful that Margaret saw an American Coot in Scotland; almost certainly it would have been a Eurasian Coot.

Carole M. said...

nice to see them in your waters too Eileen

A Quiet Corner said...

There's something about birds that mate for life....:)JP

Beth @ E. Lizard Breath Speaks said...

glad to hear you they are mates for life - that is super great & sweet. aww!! ( :

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Great shots! I had no idea that a group of them were called rafts. So awesome :)

September Violets said...

We used to go paddling in a little bay in Hamilton ON called "Cootes Paradise". I was never sure if it was because of birds or someone's name. Your photos are great, and the coots are rather sweet all together :) Wendy x

diane b said...

I like their black bonnets.

TexWisGirl said...

such neat birds! i've only seen them once on a nearby lake here. :)

Indrani said...

Wow! Good gathering there.
You got them all.

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Those Funny Coots are everywhere! And they're noisy!! Nice shot of them!! Where there is one -- there is a thousand :-}}

DeniseinVA said...

Lovely shots of the coots Eileen. I learned something new, that groups are called a raft.

Linda W. said...

Nice photos and good info about the coot. Thanks for sharing!

Irma said...

Beautiful photos of the coots, Eileen.
The first picture I find really great.
Greetings Irma

Our Neck of the Woods said...

I've never heard of the American Coot before. Thank you for educating me! Great photos :)

Gail Dixon said...

I never really appreciated the coot until I started photographing them. Their red eye and jet black head is really something! Pretty pics, Eileen. :)

Lynne said...

Coot is such a funny name. Like learning about them though.

Stephanie said...

Beautiful shots of the birds!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

We used to see rafts of them on the Lake (reservoir) where we stay in Oregon. (Except last summer, the lake didn't fill. I hope they found another spot.)

Montanagirl said...

Hi Eileen. Nice set of photos - we have the Coots here as well.

Our photos said...

Beautiful ducks!!

Ela said...

Great photos and a lovely group of birds. Greetings :)

Happyone said...

Looks like they are enjoying themselves swimming around. : )

Merlesworld said...

Pretty birds very striking colours.
Merle.......

NatureFootstep said...

I still have not seen any coot soming up. But I guess they are not far now.

Brian King said...

Nice shots! We have them here during the winter. Their feet are goofy!

Shey Wicklund said...

Coots are always interesting to watch. It looks like they have a red ruby at the top of their beak.

Bob Bushell said...

Brilliant American Coots images.

Carletta said...

All my life I've heard "you old coot" - I've never pictured a handsome bird when I hear it. :)
I like the subtle reflection in the first shot.
Have a great rest of your week!

Helma said...

With us they are called coots and they are all black with a white beak. The children of these coots than have red collars and punky look out lol ......
Very fine day.

Ileana said...

So beautiful birds and photos! I thought they are ducks. :)
Have a nice day!

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

They're pretty! There are so many birds that I know nothing about. I enjoy learning.

Sheila at WolfSongBlog.Com said...

I love taking photos of Coots, They are a challenge, because of their dark colors. I enjoyed seeing your photos of the cute birds, well done and beautiful!

Jen said...

I see them everywhere. I had no idea they were a type of rail.

SquirrelQueen said...

I have only seen the Coot at our local aviary but I knew very little about the species. Thanks for the info Eileen.

Arija said...

Cute Coot! Sorry, could not resist that. They are kin of cute though with their black heads and dark tip of their white beaks.

Noushka said...

Well done Eileen,
They look exactly the same as ours! LOL!
I love to watch their fights and parades!
Keep well!

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Gorgeous photos Eileen.

Gordon said...

I still haven't worked out what the difference is between the American Coot and ours, great shots.
All the Eileen, Gordon.

Judith Gray said...

just like ours in Australia!

Crafty Green Poet said...

Looks quite like the European coot, with some subtle differences, though i guess it's also bigger than our coot

Crafty Green Poet said...

I think the feet might give a clue as to why they're rails rather than ducks.

Gunilla Bäck said...

Beautiful photos of the coots, Eileen!

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Eileen, When I lived up at the lake in TN, in the Winter (when we did not have snow) we occasionally had American Coots browsing on our grassy front lawn. Funny to see twenty coots eating grass and worms as if they were songbirds. They also paddled and dove in the lake for lake weeds. Funny but graceful birds! Have a really great day tomorrow!

Debbie said...

i love ducks....i think these are ducks.

they have a pretty red eye, i don't see these on my ponds!!

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

I love your photos!
(ツ) from Cottage Country Ontario , ON, Canada!

Stewart M said...

In what must be a rare event, I have seen some of these birds this month! I think this could be a first!

Nice pictures.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Chris Rohrer said...

I love when Coots run on ice....that is the funniest thing I think I have ever seen....poor little birds.

Rambling Woods said...

I am glad they have some open non-frozen water as so many died here ... Michelle

Pat said...

Lovely shots, Eileen. I love to watch the Coots.

Betty Manousos said...

wow, eileen, another fantastic series of photos. love american coots!
happy weekend~xo