One last photo, we think (the royal or Victorian "we"), from this past winter sent to me by Jason Dykes.
Don't you just love the toes on an American Coot? The cute coot tootsies.
Jason took the photo at
As the Cornell Lab or Ornithology website states, "Instead, each one of the coot’s long toes [indeed, each digit] has broad lobes of skin that help it kick through the water. The broad lobes fold back each time the bird lifts its foot, so it doesn’t impede walking on dry land, though it supports the bird’s weight on mucky ground."
It's like having retractable webbed feet. Very practical.
The next time someone says, "Oh, you have such coot feet." Take it as a compliment.
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