You could petition the ABA to request a name change, as the bird is a year-round resident of FL, but it is also widely distributed over much of Mexico and a large part of California all year, too, so they may not appreciate it being called a Florida Gallinule. Reminds me of the so-called Arizona Woodpecker, formerly knows as Strickland’s WP. If you look at its range, it’s definitely Mexico according to my Sibley’s, although other references show it in a small section of southern Arizona. I had the pleasure of seeing and photographing these birds at Ash Canyon B&B, near Sierra Vista, AZ several years ago….which is when I learned how we claimed a Mexican species as our own.
Welcome to Florida BirdwatchersWelcome! This site has been created for those who enjoy birding in Florida, a state that affords year-round accessibility to all kinds of birds, including some that are rare visitors. It is our hope that we can build a nest here...a place where we can share our comments as well as our photos. Now and then, FLB fly to other areas and we like to share those trips, knowing our members always migrate back to Florida. (The above was written by JoSanz, a co-author and active member of this blog, who passed in Feb. 2013. The blog is dedicated to her memory.)
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