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Bird Identification: CLOSED: A dead bird in my yard, need ID

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Windy
Belleville , IL
(Zone 6b)

November 24, 2007
4:48 PM

Post #4225190

This morning when I went to get the dog to come in he had something I thought might be a duck in his mouth..
I didn't want him to have it so I went to get it away from him.
There was no sign of trauma or injury. It may have died of a disease.

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Windy
Belleville , IL
(Zone 6b)

November 24, 2007
4:49 PM

Post #4225195

Here are the feet

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Windy
Belleville , IL
(Zone 6b)

November 24, 2007
4:52 PM

Post #4225198

Here is the head with a red eye showing. Sorry it is dead, but I think it must have died of natural causes since we are enclosed in a privacy fence and the dogs don't usually bother birds in the yard.
Edited to add that it was a large bird and I thought it may be a crow, but I have never observed a crow this close to know for sure.

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adelbertcat
Klamath River, CA

November 24, 2007
5:18 PM

Post #4225240

The markings look right for a Coot.

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

November 24, 2007
5:52 PM

Post #4225314

American Coot

Quoting:It may have died of a disease

That's always a risk. Don't handle it!

Resin
Windy
Belleville , IL
(Zone 6b)

November 24, 2007
10:00 PM

Post #4225856

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Coot
I didn't think it would be a water bird because it didn't have the webbed feet. I hope Petey is alright having had it in his mouth.
My husband and I washed our hands well after removing it to the trash. I wish I could wash Petey's mouth, it would serve him right for mouthing it.
We do live near a creek with fish in it, so that is probably where it came from.
Poor thing.

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