Who knew that what I considered to be a rather plain bird could look so pretty with its coverts flashing, the ruff on its bback standing out and the wings arched in such an exquisite manner? To be honest, I often do not get too excited about the American Coots because I see so many of them, not unlike my reaction to the plentiful Mallard ducks. I am wrong in my attitude because they have so many interesting behaviours that they are definitely worth studying more deeply.
This Chickadee seems perplexed, as if it is not sure what to do with this insect. It would seem to take a bite, then stop and look at the insect. Maybe it didn’t taste so good.