Friday, December 11, 2009

I'm a Coot, not a Duck - American Coot

“Be like a duck. Calm on the surface, but always paddling like the dickens underneath.” - Michael Caine
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The American Coot is a medium sized waterbird with black plumage.  The American Coot is often called a duck, but then in fact belong to members of the rail family.   The are easily spotted because they are generally seen swimming in open water.   Coots are classified as omnivores and while they primarily eat plants, they also eat small animals and eggs.  

Humor for the day - Jane was carrying a ukulele when her friend Jill asked her what she had. Jane said she got the ukulele for her husband. Jill replied by saying she thought it was a good trade.


Erik said...

Just found your blog today. Good stuff. Keep it up!

Sharkbytes said...

I'm not so great on waterfowl, but I'm learning. Great pics. I'll be back.

Ratty said...

A very interesting bird. I can see why it would be mistaken for a duck by some. The beak is very different though.

Sharkbytes (TM) said...

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Anonymous said...

Found you through network blogs fellow Tennessean! Good pics!