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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Trustom Pond continued

I just realized that I forgot to mention in the last post that we discovered a pair of green feet (we found them on the side of the path a few feet away from the waters of Trustom) which apparently had lost their owner. They where sickly green with lobed toes and some gray feathers on the top of the legs (the feathers were stuck to some blood and gore which in its turn was stuck to the legs).

We easily identified them as recently belonging to an American Coot.

I wonder what got the bird: maybe it was an Otter (we've seen Otter tracks here at Trustom before) but River Otters eat mainly fish, frogs, crayfish and mollusks. A more likely possibility would be a Bald Eagle - they often winter around Trustom and this apex predator has an appetite for Coot. Sadly though we will very likely never know what took out this Coot!

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