Recently we have had a few unique visitors to our temporarily enlarged pond. First there was a gaudy pair of Merganser Ducks. My ducks were not at all sure about these intruders and wanted to chase them away, but the Mergansers just dove out of the way.
But the next little bird that investigated our waterway was much more friendly, and not quite as brilliant as the Mergansers, but oh so strangely adorable and loveable!
He is the American Coot, or as we call him, our "Cute Coot". He looks like an odd combination of a chicken, a duck, a dinosaur and I am not sure what else.
He is not shy and so curious, and at this point Josiah has made friends with him; the Coot will come pretty close for treats. We are thrilled to be able to closely observe such a unique and mesmerizing part of God's creation. Coots are fascinating.