Sorry... the other guys answered your question. Yes, they are coots, numerous on pretty much every body of open water here in Utah. :lol: I actually started out "duck hunting" by chasing coots, teal, Mallards and whatever else I could stalk through the shoreline weeds on Utah Lake. I killed a mess o coots in my short six years hunting. I actually learned they are quite tasty too... don't expect too much but if you take the breast meat and the leg meat and slice it up, roll it in some spicy shake and bake and then panfry in a little oil till browned, they make dang good nuggets. Whatever you do, when pulling off wings and legs, try not to rip one open.... thats worse than getting a faceful of runny diaper. Yeeechhhh!!!ChaserOfAllBirds said:I'm new to waterfowl hunting, so were those black birds coots?