|Eurasian Coot, Hampton Court, London, UK; 4-5-10|
|Eurasian Coot, St. James Park, London; 4-8-10|
As the photos suggest, the Eurasian Coot is a squat marsh bird found in slow moving fresh or coastal waters. They are all black with a white bill and frontal shield. Its eye-rings are red and legs are yellowish-gray. As I stated above, their toes are long and lobed, not webbed like other water fowl. Coots are very aggressive towards other water birds. They are common in Europe and if they appear at all in the Western Hemisphere it would be rare occurances in the islands off of Alaska or on the far Eastern coast of Canada - Newfoundland and Labrador.
|American Coot, Saguaro Lake, Arizona; 12/26/08.|
|American Coots on the ocotillo Golf Course, Phoenix, AZ; 12/29/09|
|American Coots taking flight; Phoenix, AZ; 12/29/09|
|A lone American Coot resting on Pierce Lake, Rock Cut State Park, Rockford, IL; 4/18/10.|