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Field Notes No. 08 (Nov 10, 2011)

Sent: Thursday, November 10, 2011 9:17 PM
To: eklaas@iastate.edu
Subject: Field Notes No. 8
Jeff Kopaska, a member of Friends who works for the Iowa DNR reports that the DNR will release trout into the lake on November 18.

I observed an unusual behavior in American Coots yesterday when I was at the park. These coots were huddled together in the west arm of the south lake. They were so close together that it looked like a solid black mass with hardly any movement. Most of the coots were asleep with their bills tucked under their wings. I tried counting them and my first count was about 30. As I continued watching, the coots spread apart briefly and I could see that the number was closer to 50 or 60. After a minute or so they went back into their close huddle. I don't recall seeing coots behave this way before. I have no explanation for it.

Erv Klaas