23 thoughts on “#NotesFromTheRiver – That Old Coot!

    • I really enjoy coots, though I confess, I’ve never seen a young one before. I don’t think they spend long enough here to breed, before they head back north. Guess I should double check that. Oh. I just realized, I forgot to include a range map with the post. That would show where they breed. Ha. I should edit it tomorrow. Too tired tonight! πŸ™‚

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    • I’m about to issue a correction on the coot post, Felicia, along with a range map. I’m going to post it here, too, since so many of you do read the #NotesFromTheRiverBlog. It should have been included yesterday, and I regret I forgot it. Especially since, as you will see, you have PLENTY of coots in Arizona, any time you’d like to check them out. πŸ˜€ And now, you will know a bit more about what you are seeing. πŸ˜€ Thanks so much for sharing the post, and I’m very glad you enjoyed it. Stay tuned for the correction! πŸ˜€

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    • Thanks so much, Olga. Glad you enjoyed it. I’m about to post an addition, which I’ll include here for those who’ve already read the post on the St. Johns River Tours blog. πŸ˜€

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    • I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Mary. Honestly, when an entire raft of 2,000 birds takes off running like that, it’s a sight to behold. And it’s LOUD, too! πŸ˜€ Stay tuned for a correction, though. Ooops.

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  1. I do so love your wildlife posts – so many really different species to ours in the UK, and such wonderful photos – oh, and your humour too – you crack me up!
    I did have to go look up one of our native species after reading your coot post – we have a very similar bird called a moorhen. And I was right! The moorhen is also a member of the rail family.
    I have been educated.

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    • So glad you are enjoying these, Deb. Wish I’d gotten one done this week, but between the leaks in the roof and tearing up our living room/dining room floors, I’ve been a bit tied up. Not to mention, I’m halfway through editing The Emissary. Life sometimes conspires against me to keep me from my blogs! 😦

      The moorhen is related to the coot, but even more closely related to our common gallinule. In fact, a few years ago, all the ornithologists who were running out of things to do decided to rename our gallinules “moorhens” to be consistent with yours. Recently, they changed them back to gallinules again. (There’s a picture in this post of a gallinule and coot together.)

      If any ornithologists are reading this, don’t strike me about the head and shoulders. I’m sure you guys have a lot to do, but the constant lumping together of species, then turning around and UN-lumping them can really get confusing. I’m wondering if it’s a ploy to sell more field guides? πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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