Wednesday, August 21, 2013

American Coot

The American Coot (Scientific name - Fulica americana), although often seen with ducks is not a duck. It does frequent lakes and marshes. It is sometimes called a "mud hen". The American Coot is found in most parts of North America and in Mexico. They migrate and winter as far south as Panama.

 The American Coot has a mostly dark grey or black body with the head being darker. the bill and face are white with a red spot on the forehead. Eyes are red. 

Top three photos were taken at Mill Lake in Abbotsford, B.C. in 2010, 2011, 2012. Bottom photo taken at George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary in Delta, B.C. in March 2013.

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