Cutler Wetland: Coots and Ducks

Last weekend I visited the Cutler Wetland to see what types of waterfowl were congregating there.  We are in the midst of fall migration and have had a lot of rain recently, so I was excited to see the various species of waterfowl and ducks that would be hanging out.  It turned out there wasn’t a wide variety, I was only able to identify American Coots and Blue-winged Teal, but the numbers were abundant.  I counted at least twenty Blue-winged Teal and there were hundreds of American Coots.  The normally quiet waters of the wetland sounded like a rushing brook, which as I listened, I realized was from the sound of hundreds of little paddling feet.

Hundreds of American Coots congregating at Cutler Wetland

American Coots in the reeds

American Coot (Fulica americana) 

American Coot (Fulica americana) 

Blue-winged Teal (Anas discors)

Blue-winged Teal (Anas discors)

Blue-winged Teal coming in for a landing

Blue-winged Teal  swimming to the other side of the marsh