Bird Spotting: The American coot is a slate-gray, duck-like bird. Its bill is white with a dark reddish ring just before the tip. The frontal shield, an extension of the bill into the forehead, is also white with a reddish oval near the tip that is visible at close range.
Habitat: American coots prefer to live along open ponds and marshes as well as coastal bays and inlets.
Nesting: Building their nests on shallow platforms using dead leaves and stems, the American coot lays eight to 10 pinkish eggs with spots of brown.
Bird Bite: American coots are excellent swimmers and divers, and enjoy a meal of various aquatic plants.