If you have ever watched Coots take off, they need a running start. In
early winter groups of Coots will get trapped in pools of open water that
are too small to allow them to get airborn making them easy pickings for
hungry eagles. The eagles will feast until they consume the flock or
conditions change enough to allow for the escape of some survivors. It was
probably no accident that it was mature eagles that are experienced with
this dining oportunity.
On Wed, Nov 30, 2011 at 10:15 PM, Curt Rawn <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> The Long-tailed Duck was not re-found on Lake Calhoun in Mpls today,
> however, I did see the Horned Grebe.
> At Medicine Lake In Plymouth, I watched a mature Bald Eagle swoop over a
> raft of what I think were American Coots. They were in a small area of open
> water and ducked while an Eagle soared over them. Then a second Eagle
> landed on a Coot and after a minute flew away with it. I drove by the spot
> where it was having lunch (a Muskrat Den), and watched it plucking feathers
> from the Coot.
> Curt Rawn
> Hennepin County, MN
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