Maps I’ve read say that this is part of coots’ year-round range, but they obviously go somewhere in the spring and summer, because we are down to zero coots at Reifel and one (1) coot at Piper Spit. I guess these kinds of maps aren’t absolute and don’t tell the whole story.

   17 May 2024
   1/1600s    f/9   276mm   ISO 2500
An American Coot is swimming along in shallow water. We see one of its freaky feet underwater