Thanks to my friend Rich I was able to identify this little guy who decided to take up residence on my porch last week. Part of the “rail” family the American Coot is not worth eating and is a poor flyer. It’s no wonder that he is a poor flyer when you take a look at those feet the poor thing has to haul aroud.
He evidently thought this cast iron pig (don’t ask) sitting on my porch looked like one of his kin. We enjoyed having this little visitor on our porch. He’s more interesting than his big, messy Canada goose cousin.