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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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Toadflax
Linaria vulgaris
Fleshy dark gree narrow leaves.  Yellow flowers with orange "throats" that have two lips that make it look like a mouth.  The top lip has 2 parts (lobes), the lower lip has 3 parts .  Flowers cluster at the top of the plant.
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