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Feb 22, 2021 08:53:46   #
1FTR Loc: Pacific Northwest - Portland area
 
Mud hens, marsh hens, rails, coots--the American coot. The only member of the rail family to live in flocks, they are on the eagles' menu--kind of like eagle's mud hen bars. Having played some amateur baseball, I'm all over the Toledo Mud Hens but I never knew that Mud Hen chicks were so ugly cute! I'll be on the lookout for them this spring. I find it fascinating that so many wildlife lovers, particularly birders with binoculars, take such an interest in a bird I pretty much maligned. This group/flock is usually in the tall marsh grass but I found them here on a grassy bank--right below two eagle lookout trees! I do find them graveling on occasion.


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Feb 22, 2021 09:12:28   #
jerryc41 Loc: Catskill Mts of NY
 
1FTR wrote:
Having played some amateur baseball, I'm all over the Toledo Mud Hens but I never knew that Mud Hen chicks were so ugly cute!


Do you mean the "chicks" that follow the Toledo Mud Hens, or the actual birds?

Feb 22, 2021 09:24:36   #
1FTR Loc: Pacific Northwest - Portland area
 
LOL Don't know about the former; was referring to the actual--although I've only seen them in pics.

 
 
Feb 22, 2021 10:03:46   #
unlucky2 Loc: Hemet Ca.
 
1FTR wrote:
Mud hens, marsh hens, rails, coots--the American coot. The only member of the rail family to live in flocks, they are on the eagles' menu--kind of like eagle's mud hen bars. Having played some amateur baseball, I'm all over the Toledo Mud Hens but I never knew that Mud Hen chicks were so ugly cute! I'll be on the lookout for them this spring. I find it fascinating that so many wildlife lovers, particularly birders with binoculars, take such an interest in a bird I pretty much maligned. This group/flock is usually in the tall marsh grass but I found them here on a grassy bank--right below two eagle lookout trees! I do find them graveling on occasion.
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Personally I think they are a very maligned bird, so to showcase their delicate beauty I have attached two. Most golfers hate them for popping on the greens. Here, Redtail's love them, (easy pickens ) makes feeding the kids easier.
not so bad looking....
not so bad looking.......
cute coot
cute coot...

Feb 22, 2021 10:50:10   #
1FTR Loc: Pacific Northwest - Portland area
 
Nice TY

Feb 22, 2021 11:18:17   #
kpmac Loc: Ragley, La
 
In southern Louisiana, we call them pouldoos or pouldeauxs; french for water chickens. Don't hold me to the spellings, though.

Feb 22, 2021 12:55:24   #
1FTR Loc: Pacific Northwest - Portland area
 
Very interesting. I'd never heard nor read that before. Do you (all) eat them? Being an English undergrad, had to check: "The American coot (Fulica americana), also known as a mud hen or pouldeau." And, yes, they are commonly called ducks, but is this duck or mud hen? "Poule d' eau Gumbo (pronounced Pouldoo) [an old Traditional favorite especially around Houma, LA]." AND, I was ready to not mudalign mud hens anymore, but I gotta tell you this eagle tree looks down on the grassy knoll where the flock was yesterday--species safety in numbers? On the other hand, I guess they were not in the grass today.



 
 
Feb 22, 2021 12:59:58   #
1FTR Loc: Pacific Northwest - Portland area
 
My typical view of a coot.


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Feb 23, 2021 08:30:42   #
Nalu Loc: Southern Arizona
 
Yes, maligned, however they have amazing feet and are excellent bird photography practice trying to capture them when they chase one another around the pond.

Feb 23, 2021 10:42:14   #
kpmac Loc: Ragley, La
 
1FTR wrote:
Very interesting. I'd never heard nor read that before. Do you (all) eat them? Being an English undergrad, had to check: "The American coot (Fulica americana), also known as a mud hen or pouldeau." And, yes, they are commonly called ducks, but is this duck or mud hen? "Poule d' eau Gumbo (pronounced Pouldoo) [an old Traditional favorite especially around Houma, LA]." AND, I was ready to not mudalign mud hens anymore, but I gotta tell you this eagle tree looks down on the grassy knoll where the flock was yesterday--species safety in numbers? On the other hand, I guess they were not in the grass today.
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Some people eat them though not many. They have a very large gizzard for the size bird they are and are often hunted just for that one item. My grandmother always encouraged me to shoot a few so that she could have the gizzards for gumbos and other dishes.

Feb 23, 2021 11:18:32   #
1FTR Loc: Pacific Northwest - Portland area
 
Interesting. TY

 
 
Feb 23, 2021 11:23:44   #
1FTR Loc: Pacific Northwest - Portland area
 
Seem easy shooting unlike Chuckars.

Feb 23, 2021 14:07:21   #
oconnortf
 
I've never seen so many Coots in one spot before - most I have ever seen at any one spot was 5 but almost always its just 1 or 2

Feb 23, 2021 14:47:24   #
joecichjr Loc: Illinois, USA
 
1FTR wrote:
Mud hens, marsh hens, rails, coots--the American coot. The only member of the rail family to live in flocks, they are on the eagles' menu--kind of like eagle's mud hen bars. Having played some amateur baseball, I'm all over the Toledo Mud Hens but I never knew that Mud Hen chicks were so ugly cute! I'll be on the lookout for them this spring. I find it fascinating that so many wildlife lovers, particularly birders with binoculars, take such an interest in a bird I pretty much maligned. This group/flock is usually in the tall marsh grass but I found them here on a grassy bank--right below two eagle lookout trees! I do find them graveling on occasion.
Mud hens, marsh hens, rails, coots--the American c... (show quote)


Wow🌞 Awesome

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