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Coots, Common Gallinules “Moorhens”, and Purple Gallinules

Purple Gallinule

Coots, Common Moorhens, and Purple Gallinules are seen in The Villages, FL on occasion and mostly in the shallow marshes or prairies.  I often spot these birds at the Sharon Rose Wiechens Nature Preserve.  The Coots are migratory and usually seen in the Winter here and are often on Lake Sumter in large numbers.  The Moorhens and Purple Gallinules are year around resident birds with the Moorhens being a lot more commonly seen (pardon the pun).

The Coots are a charcoal black with a white face for both of the sexes.  The Purple Gallinules are a vivid blue and purple with a yellow blue and red bill.  The Common Gallinule or Moorhen, resembles the coot but has a red face and the females are brown with the red face.  The Coots, Common Moorhens and Purple Gallinules all are Rails.  These birds have a loud cry when alarmed and also sound a bit like a chicken clucking when in their normal communication mode.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.

Purple Gallinule

Male Common Moorhen or Common Gallinule

Hen Common Gallinule or Moorhen

 

Coot

Coots with a Moorhen

Coots

Sharon Wiechens Nature Preserve

Southern Bald Eagle

Common Moorhens, a lovely Purple Gallinule, and a few male Boat-tailed Grackles (in blue-black feather finery) were spotted at the Sharon Rose Wiechens Nature Preserve in The Villages, FL, last Tuesday.  I also saw a smallish alligator and a couple of Anhingas in the distance.  Up on the high tension electrical tower, I spotted a Southern Bald Eagle. I also saw a mockingbird on the wooden observation tower railing.   I have occasionally seen eagles on that tower in past years.  Our Winter birds are beginning to arrive here and it is very exciting to see many more birds around the community!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

Pied-billed Grebe

Alligator

Northern Mockingbird

 

 

Purple Gallinule

Male Boat-tailed Grackle

Hen Common Moorhen

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