American Coot

Those toes, though.
Looks like some serration in the upper jaw…
And is this a tongue?

This bird, and a few others, were on terra firms because somebody was feeding them. And it looks like the feeders were not spreading bread, which is actually quite bad for waterfowl. Yes, the time-honored tradition of throwing bread scraps to ducks is deeply wrongheaded. It’s malnutrition as verb. “But they eat it!” Yes, and people eat McDonald’s garbage and mainline heroin. Liking something is no argument for its healthfulness. Endless industrial junk food manufacturers depend on this.

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