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Nov 27, 2007

THIS JUST IN: A bird blobbule

Someone needs to let the air out of this guy.

Even his feets are inflatabuhls.

Coot, originally uploaded by Chirpy UK.

He's called a "Coot" says Sender-Inner Sarah M. Sphericalicious!

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er, what is in him?

 |  Nov 27, 2007 at 12:45 AM

Woah! He's like, half bird, half eight ball.

just me
 |  Nov 27, 2007 at 12:46 AM

That's a bleeny round bird!

They live in places like Maine, and they're rather silly - which is why you sometimes hear of a person being called a "silly old coot".

 |  Nov 27, 2007 at 12:46 AM

After an unfortunate social faux pas with a bicycle pump, Codger the Coot always asked for introductions first.

 |  Nov 27, 2007 at 12:50 AM

In Dutch it's called a Koet! Pronunciation is the same :-)

Lex (Alexandra)
 |  Nov 27, 2007 at 01:21 AM


 |  Nov 27, 2007 at 01:25 AM

His younger brother met an unfortunate fate in a bowling alley...

 |  Nov 27, 2007 at 01:28 AM

What I need now, is a damned good fart.

Hon Glad
 |  Nov 27, 2007 at 01:43 AM

And check out his FEET!! cuh-razy!

 |  Nov 27, 2007 at 01:51 AM

Ha! What a coot!

we have them all over around here (SW England) but I've never seen one that poofy. I hope he's not sick or anything.

 |  Nov 27, 2007 at 02:40 AM

A coot is like a pigeon that decided to turn into a duck, but got distracted halfway.

(They walk like pigeons, even when they're wading. It's quite a sight!)

 |  Nov 27, 2007 at 03:24 AM

We have them all over the golf course at Pismo Beach, CA but I've never seen one puffed up like that.

 |  Nov 27, 2007 at 04:36 AM

Cyoot coot!

 |  Nov 27, 2007 at 04:59 AM

Well, here we are, Pismo Beach and all the clams we can eat! Ohhh . .. musta made a wrong turn at Albuquerque.

 |  Nov 27, 2007 at 05:02 AM

I must echo the HOLY CRAP WHAT ARE THOSE FEET??? sentiment.

 |  Nov 27, 2007 at 05:33 AM

BTW, we have coots here, too, in New York Cit-teh.

We have a lot more wildlife here than people might suspect. We have big parks and cemeteries, and a convoluted shoreline-- all places where lots of birds and animals congregate.

Haven't seen a bear strolling down Madison Avenue, yet, though.

 |  Nov 27, 2007 at 05:39 AM

Cute coot.
Coot Cute?

[walks off with brain pouring out of ears]

 |  Nov 27, 2007 at 05:40 AM

His feet look painful. :( I'm not sure if this is cute or just plain weird.

 |  Nov 27, 2007 at 05:52 AM

Holy crapulence! I wanna poke him and see what happens.

Hon Glad - **snort**

 |  Nov 27, 2007 at 05:55 AM

Man.. between the pictures and the comments of you silly people, you make my day. :)

I want to pop eet!!

 |  Nov 27, 2007 at 06:05 AM

OMG...I NEED THAT BIRD! I must have eet!!! I must have them running all over my yard!

*thud* with the bizarre cuteness

 |  Nov 27, 2007 at 06:05 AM

I had pet doves (white ones) and besides being very tame and sweet, when they were happy (or cold sometimes) they fluffed into a round ball, i call it "puffy-happy". It enables the feathers to completely cover the feet.
They looked like little round snowmen with pink carrot beaks for noses sticking out from the cylinder.

 |  Nov 27, 2007 at 06:13 AM

looks like a rock with a beak

 |  Nov 27, 2007 at 06:21 AM

So, ya know what happens when you blow up a ballooon really BIG and let go? How it flies all over the room? Well, I'm thinkin' if Mr Coot here let one rip as Hon Glad suggests, we'd be seein' the same thing.....

[cootpoot? - Ed.]

 |  Nov 27, 2007 at 06:23 AM

Gangway run for your lives he's gonna splode.

 |  Nov 27, 2007 at 06:24 AM

No, no, it's spelled 'HEYSPLODE!!!'

(Sorry, I've loved that spelling since the guinea pig baby post.)

 |  Nov 27, 2007 at 06:32 AM

Too late heysploded. Is that better Kara?

 |  Nov 27, 2007 at 06:46 AM

I weesh I were a poet, so I could do somezings with the CootPoot idea that
[Ed.] introduced.

 |  Nov 27, 2007 at 07:53 AM

Maybe it's better not to, Yitz.

 |  Nov 27, 2007 at 07:59 AM


I thought for sure the feet were just an optical illusion w. the water, but no. Their feet really are that crazy.

 |  Nov 27, 2007 at 08:00 AM

Cute Coot Feets! Weird - very weird bird - too weird. I'm weirded out.


 |  Nov 27, 2007 at 08:05 AM

i've never seen such all-around poofiness on a bird before. i'm impressed. the feet amaze me.

 |  Nov 27, 2007 at 08:24 AM

The American Coots have black foreheads. Those basic white-forehead Coots are European.

Their feet are "lobed" -- toes separated so they can walk comfortably and safely on grass and uneven terrain, but when they put their toes together a bit, the lobes mesh together a bit like webbing, to make swimming easier. Grebes have similar toes.

I didn't know this was Coot Overload!

 |  Nov 27, 2007 at 08:40 AM

I think Nike should base some trainers on dem Cutey Coot feets.

Hon Glad
 |  Nov 27, 2007 at 09:04 AM

I believe he's all puffy because it's cold. Here in California we see the same thing with red-tail hawks on the side of the road...all poofy and fluffy.

 |  Nov 27, 2007 at 09:38 AM

I love coot feet!
I also love they're little coot clucks. "Coot, coot."
And if you're feeding the ducks and geese at the pond they'll push their way through not worrying that they're so much smaller than the other waterfowl.
I also like when they dive into the water and pop back up.
Go coots!

 |  Nov 27, 2007 at 09:50 AM

No, Hon Glad, he needs Cute Coot Boots, for Foots.....then, he could Poot a Toot!
Dreamspinner Cheryl

Cheryl Robinson-Atwood
 |  Nov 27, 2007 at 10:10 AM

Heheh Coot Overload--nice one, Mary.

 |  Nov 27, 2007 at 10:19 AM

If you shake it while asking an extremely important life-altering question, then turn it upside down, it will read..........

Yo, bitch, leave me alone. Wadya think this is, some kind of magic lamp?

 |  Nov 27, 2007 at 10:49 AM

I luff heez feet!

 |  Nov 27, 2007 at 10:58 AM

OK, YM. I snorted my coffee at your comment. Balloons? HAHAHAHA! Luv it!

 |  Nov 27, 2007 at 11:12 AM

Maybe it's Licorice Cootfruit ?

Maybe it's the original Cootie game design?

Maybe it just has cooties.

 |  Nov 27, 2007 at 11:16 AM

Look a cootey patooty. With footies in need of some cootiey booties.

 |  Nov 27, 2007 at 11:21 AM

shake your cootie bootie

 |  Nov 27, 2007 at 11:24 AM

Pff. New desktop wallpaper.

Got it in 1280x1024?

[check the Flickr page... - Ed.]
[http://www.flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=2063981724&size=o ]

Mad William Flint
 |  Nov 27, 2007 at 11:25 AM

I'm not the first to make a Mr. Creosote joke on C.O. But I'm the first one to make one on this post.

"But sir, it is only wafffer theen..."

 |  Nov 27, 2007 at 11:42 AM

Funny bird.

Even funnier title!

The best in a while. Not that they're not good, just not as good as this one!

 |  Nov 27, 2007 at 11:58 AM

Am I the only one who is seriously disturbed by his feet? Anyone else? Please?

 |  Nov 27, 2007 at 12:56 PM

OMG! There's a park nearby my house with a lot of those birdies! I love to feeding them :)

 |  Nov 27, 2007 at 12:56 PM

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