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Saturday, March 26, 2016

American Coot

There is a lot of activity at Whitmans Pond in Weymouth these days. For some unknown reason, there are over a dozen swans living there. I've never seen so many swans on a pond at the same time before. Some of the swans are juveniles, but many of them appear to be adults.
Over the past week or two, the swans have been joined by approximately a dozen American Coots. No matter where the swans go, the Coots are sure to follow. They seem to be living together harmoniously, with no territorial problems from either side.

One guess I have is that the Coots are "hanging" with the swans so that they can benefit from the food that the swans are digging up from the bottom of the pond. But this is purely a guess on my part.


  1. Carol,
    Great photos.
    You are right. American coots are "opportunistic feeders" according to the article at

    That's an interesting thing to know. Thank you

    1. Interesting indeed!!!! Thank you for sharing this fact. I appreciate it.