How did I miss the Purple Gallinules this year?

My history of previous Purple Gallinule posts seems to show there was more Purple Gallinule activity during the winter and early spring in the past. This year I must not have been paying attention!

So happy to see some of these beauties are still popping up in the marsh now and again so I can enjoy them even though it’s nearly mid-July.

“Purple Gallinules combine cherry red, sky blue, moss green, aquamarine, indigo, violet, and school-bus yellow, a color palette that blends surprisingly well with tropical and subtropical wetlands.” ☀️🌴 See All About Birds-Purple Gallinule for more info!

Their little fuzz-ball chicks have grown quickly. They used to be difficult to distinguish from the Common Gallinule and Purple Swamphen chicks, but they’re now showing off the visible signs that they are indeed Purple Gallinule juveniles – blue shield over the bill and blue feathers have started to appear.

29 thoughts on “How did I miss the Purple Gallinules this year?

  1. Gorgeous! I almost didn’t see the feet.

    On Sun, Jul 11, 2021 at 4:00 PM Birder’s Journey wrote:

    > Birder’s Journey posted: ” My history of previous Purple Gallinule posts > seems to show there was more Purple Gallinule activity during the winter > and early spring in the past. This year I must not have been paying > attention! So happy to see some of these beauties are st” >

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  2. I haven’t these birds for at least 3 years. They are very shy and love to hide in the reeds and aquatic plants surrounding the marshes. They are very colorful. Thanks, Carol. 🙂

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