I ventured out to the bay this afternoon to see if I could find the Coot. I
wasn't as lucky as everyone else seems to have been, but I did get some good
views of mallards, mergansers and assorted waterfowl. The highlight of this
very chilly trip was a fly-over by a mature Bald Eagle as I headed back
towards my car. It came in over the water, and over the trail low in the
trees, and just above my head. I saw it circle and eventually head back over
the bay. I'm wondering if this is the same one I saw on the 27th over
Colchester, on Mountain View drive. Anyhow, please keep us posted on any
future Coot sightings.
On Fri, Jan 29, 2010 at 10:38 AM, Jim Mead <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> I saw Evan Jackson's report about the Coot he had seen yesterday afternoon
> and despite the very cold chill factor this morning, I gave it a try and
> was able
> to locate it. It was exactly where Evan found it yesterday. (See his
> for directions). The trail out there is icy with snow cover. It isn't too
> bad but I
> was cautious anyway. The trail did seem to be more slick as I neared the
> water. Once there I located a group of ducks along the north (or left) side
> the cove. I found Hooded and Common Mergansers, Mallards, American Black
> Ducks and some Common Goldeneyes. I then looked to the south (or right side
> of the cove) and saw a single bird on the outer corner of the cove. I
> it and found that it was indeed the Coot. I wanted a closer look and found
> one by following the trail that borders the water and is actually in the
> This was a much better spot for viewing and lessening the bite of the wind.
> saw the Coot at 8:04 a.m.
> Kudos out to Evan for finding this one!!
> Enjoy Birds,
> Jim Mead