A Cover of Coots

by h. gillespie

A "cover" of coots. Image © 2012 by H. Gillespie

While usually a year-round resident in Texas, the population of American Coot (Fulica americana) on Town Lake (Lady Bird Lake for you newcomers to Austin) is really quite impressive this week. Between their amusing common name, clownish honks, comical running-on-water takeoff attempts and determined diving, it’s hard not to love these contrasting little birds. Watch for other migrating waterfowl to join the coot covers as they pass through. The best viewing area is the confluence of Barton Creek with Town Lake at Lou Neff Point.