Running errands on Sunday, we stopped by Cannon Lake in Rice County. Surprisingly, we saw few waterfowl. We did encounter a flock of about two dozen American Coots foraging on a lakeside lawn. As always, I was impressed with how odd-looking these birds are. They look a bit like ducks or chickens. Their toes aren’t webbed. Instead the toes all have flaps along their edges. Coots are in the rail family, which is classified in the same order as cranes.