Bird #18 — American Coot

fulica (coot) americana (of America)

Wednesday, May 30, 1979 — 4:30 pm

Ottawa National Forest, Michigan — Black River Harbor

As my girlfriend and I were looking at the grackle, I noticed a black bird swimming along the weedy shore of the river downstream from the bridge and about 200 yards from Lake Superior.

As it swam, its head bobbed back and forth.  I had no idea what it was and had to search through my field guide to find it.  This was one of the very few times in my birding life that I saw a bird and had no clue as to its identity.

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