White Mountains, AZ
Canon Powershot sx10is
American Coot is hardly rail-like in behavior: it regularly swims in the open on freshwater ponds and marshes, diving for aquatic vegetation and invertebrates. Coots routinely walk onto pond-side suburban lawns to pick up vegetation and insects; their large, lobed toes are well suited to both water and land,
The similar Eurasian Coot is a vagrant to Canada and Alaska.
VOICE Single grunting, trumoeting, and clucking notes, often with a nasal or grating quality; male gives higher calls, female lower, more guttural calls.
?Dark rusty frontal shield
?Whitish bill has rusty sub-terminal band.
?Slaty gray, head darker than body.