It Was A Coot Mob Scene!
There was a good size group of coots out floating around in the marsh pond this afternoon. At one point something startled them and they all at once decided they had to scatter off in a panicked frenzy.
Usually this type of behavior is seen because a bald eagle starts circling overhead looking menacing. But I saw no eagle or anything else that appeared to require this immediate departure. Hard to tell what gets coots excited, but within minutes they were back floating along in their nice calm group.
About an hour later we were treated to a nice looking sky just prior to sunset.
Bellissime, soprattutto quella del cielo rosso passione!
Grazie Pat! 🙂
Great photos! I always love the stories that go with them. Saw your sunset on Ed Piotrowski’s segment! Wished we were there but sometimes work gets in the way……
Stupid work… 🙂
Oh No,no,no. The caption for the first photo is…….. “Somebodies got cooties!”
These guys can be more then a little twitchy at times.
Beautiful sunset. One coot must have sent out a text for the flash mob. DANCE PARTY at the pond!
Yeah, I don’t know how they decide, but I do think one starts it and they all feel compelled to join in. 🙂
These are great shots, the coots were definately dancing or ready to take off, but decided to stay, and the sunset is georgous, wish I was there…..beautiful shots.
They are goofy birds and who knows what gets into them?! We do get some nice sunsets.
WOW! Fascinated. Thank you dear Phil, Happy New Year, love, nia
Thanks very much for looking Nia and I’m happy you liked these photos!
Whoah, fellas, it’s an eag……. oh no it isn’t!
That seems about exactly how it happened. Usually if we see a large group of coots or ducks all suddenly take off in a panic we know what to look for overhead. 🙂
They all look like, “What was that all about?”
That’s a gorgeous sky.
That’s what we say. They all need to quickly move to a new spot and then they get there and sit around acting like they don’t know why they just did that.
That’s a lot of thrashing! Sky is stunning.
They make a huge racket when they all leave like that. The flapping and splashing makes a ton of noise. 🙂
These guys are just simply nuts. We see gobs and bunches of them out here pretty much wherever there’s water.
Oh they are indeed nuts. The moorhens are kinda wacky too.
The coots racket must be a big one. Whenever a hawk comes by to visit the juniper tree in our front yard, the sparrows and finches in the juniper make a big racket.