Bird #131 — Common Moorhen

gallinula (chicken) chloropus (from chloros, green, and pous, foot)

Sunday, April 20, 1980 — 12:30 pm

Barrington, Illinois — Baker’s Lake

The lake was crawling with birds this day.  Dave, Larry and I hunched down in the reeds and watched.  This lone bird, called a gallinule at the time, was swimming about halfway out to the island in the middle of a huge raft of American Coots.  It looked just like the coots except for the red bill.

This may have been one of the days when I lost a contact at Baker’s Lake.  The first time, I was scrambling through the brush along the lake and popped one out when a stick caught me in the eye.  The other time, I was there with Dave.  We were walking along a path when I stopped to look at a bird.  Dave didn’t see me stop and bumped into me, jamming my binoculars into my face and popping a contact out.  I never found either one.

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