Country Living Series

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

A cotillion of coots

This afternoon while driving past the lake, we saw hundreds and hundreds of coots. They always gather like this during the fall of the year.

It never fails to amaze me to see the water blackened with birds.

Sociable critters, ain't they?


  1. Ever try to eat one? Waterfowlers tell me the best way to prepare is to: 1. Clean the coot 2. Place in a pot of boiling water 3. Add a red brick 4. Boil for 30 minutes. 5. Pitch the coot and eat the brick.

  2. yikes, those coots are Not Nice to their young'uns, according to the wikipedia link. Interestingly, the western New York link I googled has both parents rated much more kindly :) I've never seen a coot, but now I'll keep a look out.

  3. When I was young, the local VFW had an annual coot hunt and feed. If I remember correctly, a vast amount of homemade wine was consumed, not only in marinading them but it seemed that a lot of wine was need to eat the blasted things.

    Another name for them was "Mud Hens".


  4. Any OLD ones?

    heh heh heh

  5. We have a bunch of coots get together at the local coffee shop every morning. Never had a cotillion of us though.

  6. LOL on the comments!!
    Seriously, I do not like wild game, but the pictures you have posted are wonderful, Patrice.

    We are truly blessed to have a beautiful country and a lot of people with a sense of humor!