Adult and Juvenile Common Gallinule

Common Gallinule Learning The Ropes

My apologies if anyone gets notice of this post twice. I picked the wrong post to schedule, after this had already posted, and now can’t undo it. 🙃

We often refer to Common Gallinules as the early warning system. Any bird in the area who didn’t know we are coming does after what All About Birds describes as

“all sorts of chickenlike clucks, whinnies, cackles, squawks, and yelps. They often call while hidden from view, leaving you wondering what lurks in the marsh. The rapid series of clucks sounds vaguely raptorlike, but the series often ends with what sounds like a laugh.”

The clatter is often accompanied by or followed by them running across the water. The whole business is quite startling for all concerned.

Adult and Juvenile Common Gallinule
Adult and Juvenile Common Gallinule

This young bird appeared to be trying out his vocal skills, but I never heard a peep.

Adult and Juvenile Common Gallinule
Adult and Juvenile Common Gallinule

Mom just paddled along, saving the water running for another lesson.

Adult and Juvenile Common Gallinule
Adult and Juvenile Common Gallinule

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston, SC
July 29, 2022

2 thoughts on “Common Gallinule Learning The Ropes”

  1. Very recognizable 🙂 I often come across them here or just hear them. It’s one of the most common water birds here.
    Have a nice Sunday Ellen.

    1. So you’ve been startled by them! Interesting that you have so many. Thanks, just staying in and keeping cool today 95 F (35 C) plus out there. I hope you had a nice Sunday, Rudi 😀

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