Tuesday, March 7, 2017

American Coot

Because American Coots look ungainly on land and can’t swim without rocking their heads back and forth, some people say that coots are evidence that God has a sense of humor. Evolutionary biologists suspect that coots are derived from gallinules that became adapted for diving (Brisbin and Mowbray 2002). In any event, on Saturday, while searching for new birds of the year, I spied two coots on the Superior Drive Pond in Northfield. 

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