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.