I saw a bird at 11am at Mill Pond in Bellemore that was Most likely the common
Gallinule that Joe Landesberg found last week. The bird was not visible when I
Mid size gray waterbird, feeding on a patch of vegetation on the surface of
water. The body was wide. The neck was long and slender. The bill was thick
conical, and had a down curved look to it, not duck-like. Wish I had better
lighting, because I could not pick up color or pattern on the plumage because
of the direct sunlight (other than a first overall gray look).
The bird was eating at the surface of the water. It dove once in a 5 minute
period, and resurfaced about 10 feet away, a few seconds later.
Observed in middle of pond, but it was not there when I got to the pond. Not
seen when I stopped by yesterday either.
There was a 7am eBird report of this bird today, at this location. This bird
might be coming in out of the thick pond vegetation.
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