Look at the feet. Ducks' feet are three toed with webbing between the toes. 
Coots have three toes, but the webbing consists of flaps of skin on each toe 
that fold when the foot passes through the water forwards, and fan out to form 
a webbed paddle when the foot passes backwards into the water. Coots are also 
generally small, have a small head, not very duck-like beak, and kinda thin 
legs. Like this: 

American Coot: https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4545/27084002639_a4f4da5133.jpg

No matter where you go, look out for coots. 

> On Dec 5, 2017, at 2:15 PM, Larry Colen wrote:
> Does anyone on this list know how to identify a coot?

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