Birds of Coulon with a Shoutout to the Coot

Of all the waterfowl I’ve seen at Coulon Park –

the seagulls

the ducks

canadian geese

and great blue heron.

The one with the greatest numbers gets the least respect from me – always in the background and never featured.

Apologies to you american coot but even your name does you a disservice.

A nondescript bird in grey and black, they flock together unaware they are mostly ignored.

I stopped last week to enjoy the daisies

and found them doing the same.

They seemed happy

to finally get some attention from me.

~ Susanne

19 Comments on “Birds of Coulon with a Shoutout to the Coot

  1. I love the many groups of Coots on the lakes here, so cute! I love the little popping sound they make too. It’s interesting to watch them take off, they seem to struggle because of the small wings. ❤️

    • Thanks for your comment. 😊 I must admit I never really appreciated them compared to the more colorful birds and ducks. But when I saw them among the daisies they looked so cute, it’s like I saw them for the first time!

  2. Nice photos, Susanne, of all the birds. I rather like coots and, coincidentally, have one in my post tomorrow.

    • Thanks, Graham. I’ll look forward to seeing your’s! I honestly paid little attention to them until recently as there are many other colorful birds on Lake Washington. But now that I’ve taken a second look I think they’re quite cute, and will enjoy seeing them.

  3. I don’t usually see Coot in such numbers here, normally just pairs. Good to see the big group.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    • Thanks, Pete. I always see them in great numbers on Lake Washington, but never paid much attention to them until recently.

  4. I love coots. They were one of the first birds I learned to identify on my first field trip with my Audubon bird class I took years ago. They always made me laugh. I am delighted to get to hang out with them through your close up photos.

  5. It looks like the coots posed for you! I liked the way you presented the pictures as well as the pictures themselves. Good composition all the way around!

    • Thank you so much! They seemed to enjoy their time in the daisies and they were also pleased I finally noticed them!

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