[CT Birds] Mansfield Purple Galinule

Tom Baptist tbaptist47n at gmail.com
Mon Sep 28 19:36:00 EDT 2015

>From Connecticut Birds (1990, Zeranski and Baptist) citing Frank Gallo
(Connecticut Warbler Vol 5:43-46): "Of 23 published reports since 1855, 16
are from coastal areas and 7 are inland in the Connecticut River valley".
Most CT occurrences are in May and June, so an immature in late September
is noteworthy.  Perhaps this immature bird arrived some time ago with an
injured wing.  Rails (and gallinules) are known for extralimital travel.

On Mon, Sep 28, 2015 at 7:13 PM, Don Morgan via CTBirds <
ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org> wrote:

> There is one thing about this bird I haven't seen others  mention yet. The
> bird appears to have a damaged left wing, (first noticed by  Phil Rusch, I
> believe), and I suspect it can fly very little, if at  all.  The wing hangs
> several inches lower than the right one, and  flops when the bird walks.
> I managed to get some very poor pictures of the bird, but the  sequence  in
> the link below shows the wing fairly clearly I  think.
> https://www.dropbox.com/sh/atwx6fto4hntfs4/AADYk1NWp3sb6bzlIcw6ecf7a?dl=0
> This may affect anyone who would like to go see this bird,  since I really
> don't believe it will be able to leave any time soon. (directions  posted
> by
> others). After discussions today it appears there are less than 10
> previous records of Purple Galinule in Ct.
> I think it would be a good idea to get the bird to a rehabber,  but it is
> in a very difficult location, even though easy to see for long periods  of
> time.
> Don Morgan, Coventry, Ct.
> mntncougar at aol.com
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