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American Coots
By Michael Moyer


January 02, 2008
Wednesday AM

Amazing!! We just got back from checking on the boat in Bar Harbor and my fiance asked me what kind of bird that was swimming around the dock! "Why that my dear is an American Coot!", I proclaimed with authority! "Actually a rail and not a duck!" I went on to tell her about how I used to shoot them as a kid when nothing else was flying into the decoys.

Interestingly the U.S.Fish and Wildlife service put out a flyer full of "Coot recipes" in an attempt to get duck hunters to harvest them because there were so darn many of the things. However duck hunters have never really taken to them. We call them "Mud Hens" and yes there are a few in Ketchikan beyond British Columbia this winter. No telling why the old things, I mean coots, are here! Must be global warming!

Michael Moyer
Ketchikan, AK

About: "Experienced waterfowler"

Received December 31, 2007 - Published January 02, 2008


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