Common Gallinule

I was able to observe and photograph a Common Gallinule at Bath Nature Preserve over a period of several days. This was the first time anyone has recorded an observation of a Gallinule at Bath with eBird.

Common Gallinule


This is the cygnet (now grown up) from the two adult swans I’ve previously photographed. Note the red line under the bill, which is an indicator for Trumpeter Swan.

Tumpeter Swan, Immature Adult.

Compare and Contrast Sparrows

My previous post featured a Field Sparrow, so I thought it would be a good comparison to now feature a bird that is easily confused with the Field Sparrow; namely the American Tree Sparrow. There are a few key distinctions, two of which can been seen in my photograph.

  • The American Tree Sparrow has a bi-colored bill, typically black/yellow. The Field Sparrow has a pink bill.
  • The darker eye-ring on the American Tree Sparrow is bisected by the rusty brown eye-line. The eye-ring on the Field Sparrow is unbroken and bright.
  • If the chest is visible, the American Tree Sparrow has a black spot right in the center of it.
American Tree Sparrow / Bath Nature Preserve / 2019-11-19