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When I first saw American Coots at the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge, they were swimming in a big pond with many ducks, and I thought they were another kind of ducks. Now, I’ve learned that they are not ducks since they don’t have webbed feet. Instead, their feet have lobes, and they are often called marsh hens or mud hens.

American Coots

American Coots

American Coots

American Coots

With their dark gray colors and white bills, they are not the most handsome birds, but they are what they are, another interesting creation of nature.

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