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Whether or not you think they’re ‘cute’, they’re definitely ‘coot’! While sampling at pHake Lake, my students and I spotted two sets of American Coot (Fulica americana) chicks. Here are some photos:

One of the mother (or father?) Coots with two chicks.

Two Coot chicks.

A Coot parent feeding the chicks.

According to “All About Birds“, the downy young with their bald red heads are alert and ready to leave the nest within 6 hours of hatching.

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