|American Coots, Rock Cut State Park, IL; 3/27/2011.|
For the past few weekends, I've been highlighting the migration of birds through Northern Illinois this 2011 Spring, specifically those that are only travelling through to more northern (or western) destinations. Now I will take a close look at those birds that not only arrive to our area, but will stay and call Northern Illinois their summer home. The earliest of these arrivals start reaching northern Illinois by late February and early March. These include American Robins, Hermit Thrushes, Eastern Bluebirds, Red-winged Blackbirds, Killdeers, and Common Grackles. The next wave arrivals who came to stay included the American Coots (Above) and the Great Blue Herons, which I started to see in good numbers by mid March.
|An American Coot, Rock Cut State Park, Rockford, IL; 4/23/2011.|
|A large flock of American Coots mixed with American Wigeons, |
Phoenix, AZ; 12-26-2009.
According to http://whatbird.com/, Coots are kleptoparasitic - when they don’t feel like hunting for their own food, they’ll steal their meal from other birds.