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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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Saskatoon
Amelanchier alnifolia
Shrub or small tree, forms dense thickets.  Branches are smooth, dark grey to reddish brown.  Leaves thin, oval shape with sharp teeth on the top half.  Has white, showy flowers.  Berry-like pomes (like miniature apples), purple to nearly black in color.  Juicy and sweet!
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