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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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Canada Thistle
Cirsium arvense
Alternate, oblong leaves that have spiny lobes (prickles) all along the outside.  Purple or pink flowers that may be spiny at the top.  Look like pink furry balls on the top of the plant.
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