Wednesday, September 30, 2015

American Coot, September 30, 2015

ABC Wednesday, Wild Bird Wednesday, and Wednesday Waters

ABC Wednesday
L is for Lettuce -  Lactuca sativa, a leafy green vegetable with many varieties that are eaten in salads and sandwiches.

Lettuce is easily grown - a container on a patio or balcony is sufficient. However, it requires cool temperatures to keep producing edible leaves. I sow the seeds early in the Spring and cover the containers on frosty nights. It bolts (goes to seed) when temperatures warm up. Lettuce seeds can be sown again in the Autumn and covered at night as temperatures get colder.

Wild Bird Wednesday
American Coot, Pickwick, Tennessee, USA, September 14, 2015, SOOC

The American Coot, Fulica americana, can be found all across the United States and parts of Canada on lakes, ponds, marshes, coastal bays and inlets. They build their nests in or next to clumps of reeds that grow in shallow water.

I think the water appears green because trees were casting their shadows on the water.

They eat grass, seeds, grain, and various aquatic plants.

Wednesday Waters
Pickwick Lake, Tennessee, USA, September 14, 2015

A view of the lake where we saw the American Coot, a Great Blue Heron, a flock of Canada Geese, several ducks, and a few turtles.

Have a great day!

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  1. You have wonderful entries for each meme. It was good scrolling up and down your pics. :)
    Happy ABCW!

  2. Gostei das fotografias e do blog.
    Um abraço e continuação de uma boa semana.

  3. A surprising choice for this weeks letter, one i did not expect ... although i do not eat it very often i like it. And i like the suprise you gave me with it.

    Have a nice ABC-week / day
    ♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫ (abc-w-team)

    1. Hi Melody!
      Thanks for your comment.
      Just wait until I surprise you with M next Wednesday!
      Have a wonderful week!

  4. oh yes and it is aHEALTHY Tooooooooo :) lovely pics


  5. Thanks for your visit! Autumn is coming now with wind sometimes rain , but this week only sunny days!
    Have a great autumn!
    Wil, ABCW Team

  6. LOVE LETTUCE! Have even grown it myself. I have some almost every day and even the dog loves the bits left over.

    abcw team

  7. lovely photos of the coot...I don't think they come as far north as where I live

  8. Wonderful coot pictures. Do you just love their eyes?

  9. I do love a lettuce and in fact enjoyed some today.

  10. Looks just like the lettuce from my garden. This was the best year for lettuce growing, lots of sun and I stayed home to water it a lot. - Margy

  11. The coot has a nice face. They are usually just black headed groups. Too far for inspection.

  12. The water behind your coot certainly does have an interesting color, doesn't it?


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