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American Coot

Fulica americana
Photo by vancouverislandbirds.com

Habitat: Shallow marshes, ponds and wetlands with open water and emergent vegetation.

Description: Dark grey, similar shape as a duck with a white bill that has a black ring near the tip. Long green-yellow legs with lobed toes.

Size: 33-41cm long

Diet: Aquatic vegetation, invertebrates, tadpoles and fish.

Fun Facts: Coots look like a combination of a duck, a chicken and a grebe. It has a chicken's bill, a duck's body, and grebe's feet!

Source: Fisher, C. and J. Acorn. Birds of Alberta. 1998. Lone Pine Publishing.

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Golden Bean
Thermopsis rhombifolia
Has alternate, compound leaves with 3 leaflets, but it also has stipules, that look like leaves that have no stem, and clasp the main stem.  Bluish green in color, smooth, or with little hair.   Flowers short, crowded into clusters.  Flowers are 1-2cm long, bright yellow color, with small black lines in the centre.
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