In all honesty, I have never paid a lot of attention to wetland birds. Small garden birds have always been my favourite type of bird. But yesterday, I spent the morning at Westport Lake hoping to catch sight of grebes performing the mating dance.
As I sat and waited by the lake, I noticed a small nest under a tree made from twigs. A coot came along and began pulling at twigs from the tree above and gathering twigs from the lake to add to the nest.
FACT: Coots build nests in shallow water from vegetation. The nests are also usually sheltered by vegetation.
Here is some footage from Nest 1…
I spotted four different coot nests as I walked around the lake. I will be keeping an eye on what happens in these nests throughout spring.
NEST 1 This coot is collecting sticks and twigs to build her nest.
NEST 4 This nest is quite well hidden.