Soras almost always seem to keep some vegetation between themselves and the camera. Naturally, when I returned the following week with camera, there was no sign of the bird. Do you have bird photos you’d like to share? Although they are related to the secretive rails, they swim in the open like ducks and walk about on shore, making themselves at home on golf courses and city park ponds. Their beaks are white with a faint red strip near the tip. Fulica americana Coots are tough, adaptable waterbirds. He sustained a trauma to the right side of the body, including a right corneal ulcer, a right radius fracture, and a right tibiotarsus fracture. Despite missing out on the Sora, I continued to the second pond, where last year I had found a Pied-billed Grebe. Suddenly, a strange bird popped up onto a cattail…. The waterborne American Coot is one good reminder that not everything that floats is a duck. I didn’t have my camera, which was too bad, because I was able to see the elusive Sora. See this post for guidelines. Black-backed Woodpecker, Fish Creek Provincial Park, November 2017. Click on images for a larger view, and enjoy! We meet regularly at the Royal Canadian Legion at 9202 Horton Road SW in Calgary, from 6 to 9 pm. Relative Size. Soras are small waterbirds in the rail family, who spend a lot of time hiding in the reeds. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) information indicates coots breed most commonly in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, the Dakotas, Oregon, California, Nevada and Utah. The bird came almost out into the open. Highly digestible nutrition for helping dogs recovering from critical illness or with chronic medical problems. mud hen) is a bird of the family Rallidae.Though commonly mistaken to be ducks, American Coots belong to a distinct order. American Coot, Carburn Park, November 2017. Hunting for Dinner: Making Coot Edible (and a Recipe for Coot Cotechino) Posted in Out & About on Tue, 12/10/2013 - 11:01am by Jamie Carlson - I have been duck hunting for almost 30 years, and in that time I have shot a lot of ducks. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to find it, but I did find some other interesting birds and mammals. Everybody has a favorite kind of duck to eat; mine is the wood duck. I regretted not having that camera. The shot below remains the best picture I’ve got of a Sora, taken at Valleyview Park pond in southeast Calgary in 2008. It's an excellent place to read about recent sightings, share your lists and report rare birds. Despite this, they are closer relatives of the Long-legged sandhill crane and the almost invisible rails than of … The American Coot is a plump, chickenlike bird with a rounded head and a sloping bill. Photo by Ethan Denton, Injured American Coot, Policeman’s Creek, Canmore, November 5, 2017. Their tiny tail, short wings, and large feet are visible on the rare occasions they take flight. Bird sightings, especially rare or reportable birds, should be posted to the Listserv Albertabird. The American coot (Fulica americana), also known as a mud hen or pouldeau, is a bird of the family Rallidae. Pheasants, Grouse, and Partridges of Calgary, Winter Waxwings of Calgary - Cedar and Bohemian. While the American coot resembles a duck, it is not actually a duck species. Park on the east side of Edgebrook Boulevard NW. Great Horned Owl, Carburn Park, November 2017. Many young birds have now fledged. American Coot (Fulica americana) The American Coot breeds from British Columbia to Ontario, with the highest densities in the Prairie provinces. Our American Coot is a small, dark water bird with a white bill and a red eye. I lurked behind the bush for ten minutes or so, trying to hold still while mosquitoes treated my neck like an all-you-can-eat buffet. And they’re not all birds, either. Carburn Park and Fish Creek Park, November 2017, Sunday Showcase: Baby Birds, Summer Adults, U of C Peregrine Falcons, 1995-2015 (pdf). On my first visit I walked around both ponds, and saw an American Coot, several Mallards, and lots of male Red-winged Blackbirds. The American Coot breeds across much of southern Canada and the United States, and south to northern Costa Rica (Taylor 1998). Trumpeter Swans, Fish Creek Provincial Park, November 2017. A close look at a coot—that small head, those scrawny legs—reveals a different kind of bird entirely.