I will post an update when and if they re-start. Send them to our email address and we may post them. Great Horned Owl, Fish Creek Provincial Park, November 2017. It was a Vole, probably a Meadow Vole. Relative Size. Coots frequently bob their heads when swimming or walking. I regretted not having that camera. Photo by Ethan Denton. The easiest way to tell the sex of a coot is its voice. If you’ve never seen baby American Coots, you’re in for a surprise. The waterborne American Coot is one good reminder that not everything that floats is a duck. 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. In some areas coots are year round residents and in other areas they are migratory. Photo by Tony LePrieur. Soras are very elusive birds, who skulk around the margins of ponds, rarely showing themselves. Their dark bodies and white faces are common sights in nearly any open water across the continent, and they often mix with ducks. Their tiny tail, short wings, and large feet are visible on the rare occasions they take flight. The American Coot (Fulica americana) (a.k.a. American coots are usually seen gobbling up duckweed along the boardwalk of the John E. Poole wetland, Bogaert says. This, of course, is a female Red-winged Blackbird. So although you don’t always find what you’re looking for, you usually see something interesting, even at the smallest ponds. Due to Covid-19, Birds & Beers events have been cancelled. It's an excellent place to read about recent sightings, share your lists and report rare birds. It is thought that this may give them better 3 dimensional vision. Their dark bodies and white faces are common sights in nearly any open water across the continent, and they often mix with ducks. BirdYYC2020 Challenge - In the Homestretch! Naturally, when I returned the following week with camera, there was no sign of the bird. These birds are waders and like to walk along the shoreline and forage for food. Whether it’s just for a few hours, or if you have a day or more, visiting the valley is an unforgettable experience. The oldest American Coot recorded in the wild was 22 years and 4 months old. Recently, hotspots in Banff and especially Canmore have been heaving with birds, from late a Red-tailed Hawk and American Coots to a plethora of Rusty Blackbirds and Common Redpolls. It’s always a great time, and usually you see some interesting birds. Photo by Tony LePrieur. Here are some photos taken by Tony LePrieur in the Calgary region in mid-June. Unlike the webbed feet of ducks, coots have broad, lobed scales on their lower legs and toes that fold back with each step in order to facilitate walking on dry land. Photo by Tony LePrieur. Though commonly mistaken for ducks, American coots are only distantly related to ducks, belonging to a separate order. Soras almost always seem to keep some vegetation between themselves and the camera. Cornell Labs All About Birds Online Field Guide. More fantastic photos sent to us by Rob English. Xeno-canto: bird sounds from around the world. Yellow-headed Blackbird feeding juvenile. Two weeks ago I was in Edgemont in NW Calgary, so I stopped at Edgemont Ravines to check out the two ponds there. Its dark body and white face is a common sight on nearly any open water throughout the continent, often mixing with ducks. All in all, a rewarding outing. American Coot: Medium-sized, chicken-like swimming bird, dark gray to black overall, short, white bill and undertail coverts. American Coot (Fulica americana) The American Coot breeds from British Columbia to Ontario, with the highest densities in the Prairie provinces. Two other great birders and I were assigned the south part of the city, our borders were; north to Glenmore Trail, west and south to the Bow river and east to the City limits.