Winter Waterfowl – The American Coot

Before winter made a reprise performance here in Maryland, I was able to do quite a bit of exploring.

At Lilypons Water Gardens, I spied this unusual looking bird. It is a bit smaller than our common mallard ducks, with nearly black head and red eyes. I identified it as an American Coot; a common waterbird that often spends the winter in my area. I found it to be very shy and had trouble getting photos.

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Want to learn more about birds? The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is one of the best places! https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/search/

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