Freaky bird foot

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arlohike
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Freaky bird foot

Post by arlohike » November 2nd, 2020, 12:49 pm

A day after Halloween, I found this disembodied bird foot on the lower part of the Wygant Trail. It was about the size of a chicken foot, and had little flaps coming off the back of each leg section, but not full webs like a duck would have.

Does anybody know what species this is, and what would have eaten it?
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Re: Freaky bird foot

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Re: Freaky bird foot

Post by arlohike » November 2nd, 2020, 4:46 pm

That looks right -- thanks!

As for predators, I see that osprey or eagles will eat adult coots:

https://animaldiversity.org/accounts/Fulica_americana/

Actually my first thought when I saw it was that it fell out of the nest of a bird of prey, but I looked up and couldn't spot any nests.
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Re: Freaky bird foot

Post by Waffle Stomper » November 8th, 2020, 2:11 pm

I'll confirm with others, it is indeed the lobbed foot of an American Coot. Eagles and hawks love them.
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