Tuesday, February 6, 2018

At The Lake, February 6, 2018

Our World Tuesday and All Seasons

Pickwick, Tennessee, USA, February 5, 2018
What is that long black streak in the middle of Pickwick Lake?

I zoomed in on a small section of it and discovered it is a large flock of American Coots!
A birder more experienced than I estimated there to be about a 1000 birds. Coots are migratory. As Winter gives way to Spring, they will go north to nest and raise their young.

Have a wonderful day!

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  1. These are nice pictures ! The flock looks like a dark line from far !

  2. Awesome sight!Yes, I've seen it before, in a great body of water they look so tiny! Thank you for capturing this interesting event for us at All Seasons! Have a lovely week, Lea!

  3. ...and here I thought Texas had a lot of coots...but this flock is outstanding in numbers. Wow

  4. ...birds of a feather flock together.

  5. Beautiful! I've never seen that many together at one time before.

  6. Beautiful photography and lovely capture of the 'gaggle' of ducks ~

    Happy Week to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

    1. Your comment made me wonder what is the proper term for a flock of Coots. Google to the rescue! It is a 'cover of Coots' and I can see why - they are covering a lot of water there at the lake
      Have a wonderful week!

  7. I love knowing that's a black streak of coots rather than something like an oil slick. Awesome shots!

  8. Great photo and how wonderful to see that many birds together at one.

  9. I had forgotten that some birds fly north to nest, birds other than the ubiquitous Canada Geese here in southeastern Alberta. The river is frozen, except for one small area, where the city's heating plant warms the water, and a number of the birds stay all winter. I'm not really familiar with coots, however, so I looked them up. Thanks for the lesson!
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

  10. Interesting! I haven't seen that many together before.

  11. I do wonder how the birders calculate their estimates .... the coots seem to have chosen the safest place on the lake - the center!

  12. What a fun and interesting find!


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