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.  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.

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