Sunday, August 4, 2013

American Coot

Here is a bird that birders might have trouble identifying. Many field guides do not show this junvenal plumage of the American Coot. (Fledglings are black, with orange heads.} In the fall season, birds will molt into the black, basic plumage of adult birds. John Holden and I found this bird, one of several, at the 180th Street Marsh in Dakota County, Minnesota.

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