SLB, thanks for sharing pictures of babies that I’ve never had a chance to see. I enjoyed reading your observations about the juvenile Florida Gallinule, although I’ve never heard it referred to as such. I knew it only as the Common Moorhen, and was unaware that it had undergone a name change by the ABA. While trying to post a sighting on eBird this winter, I could not find a listing for “Common Moorhen,” which was listed as such in my Sibley’s guide. A search on the Internet led me to Common Gallinule and the fact that it was formerly known as Common Moorhen. Now if we could only get them to recognize proper colors, perhaps the Purple Finch will undergo a name change.
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