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I’m just a crazy ole Coot!

Near our house there’s a lake. It’s man made and squarish and fed by one of the many water ditches that connect all the water in Holland so it can be monitored and controlled.

The lake has a social purpose for fishing and gathering. And when there’s sufficient ice it’s a great training rink!

But it’s the site of a bold story too. One of craziness and of triumph over adversity.

Our local area is home too to many water birds. We have graceful swans, coloured Egyptian geese, moor hens and regular ducks.

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Like this family, they have all spent spring time focussed on raising another brood.

Now these feathered friends face many hazards. There may be predatory birds on the lookout for a snack or cars that snuff out their fragile legacy when they stray into the road. A badly supervised, domestic dog may strike or a hunting cat claim a trophy.

But many birds show determination and such resilience that their brood can thrive and reach the summer.

One such hero in our neighbourhood has a threat of her own making. The defiant coot in question took on a manmade challenge on that lake when she selected her nest site. An inconspicuous platform in the middle made an ideal location. It was road and flat and gave a clear view of approaching marauders. The first time she nested here was about three years ago.

She carefully constructed a twiggy home.

But

There was a catch!

The unexpected bonus of this home was a water feature! It’s a fountain.

I don’t have a photo but I did witness the sweet coot fighting the upward flying stream to sustain her handiwork.

The good news is the neighbours rang the council.

Now every spring the fountain is switched off.

The coot remains undisturbed until her family ‘swims’ the nest!

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17 comments on “I’m just a crazy ole Coot!

  1. lindaswildlifegarden
    June 26, 2014

    Reblogged this on Linda's wildlife garden and commented:
    What a lovely post Liz thank you for sharing and have a blessed day

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  2. epov88
    June 26, 2014

    I would like to have lake near my home and I would watch the water birds a hole day !
    P.S. Maybe you can find another animals near the lake like hedgehogs,frogs,lizards … 🙂

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  3. ladyofthecakes
    June 26, 2014

    Aw, what a great story 🙂

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  4. Expat Eye
    June 26, 2014

    Ha ha! What a ‘coot’ story 😉

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    • lizard100
      June 26, 2014

      Euuuuwh! Corny!

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      • Expat Eye
        June 26, 2014

        You love it 😉

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      • lizard100
        June 26, 2014

        Yep! That’s the truth. I’m a sucker for daft titles. If I used serious ones my posts would be dire! (Liked your comments about fresh pressed today! )

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      • Expat Eye
        June 26, 2014

        Ha ha! Yeah, sometimes I talk sense 😉

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      • lizard100
        June 26, 2014

        Noooooooo!

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      • Expat Eye
        June 26, 2014

        Only sometimes 😉 Tomorrow will be business as usual 🙂

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      • lizard100
        June 26, 2014

        Marvelous! latvian bog snorkelling: a hidden tradition?

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      • Expat Eye
        June 26, 2014

        Better 🙂

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      • lizard100
        June 27, 2014

        You could definitely get into it!

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      • lizard100
        June 27, 2014

        : )

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  5. Rambling Woods
    June 27, 2014

    Nice that they did that..here.. I don’t know

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