At Aaron's Beach a week or so ago, I noticed several of these birds hanging out in the marsh.
Now, as you may know, Chesapeake Bay Woman is not good with details, specifics, facts, data, fine print, technicalities, anything requiring patience and housework. In spite of all that, she is going to take a stab at assigning a label for this bird, and what she's come up with is a rail.
Naturally when required to provide facts and details, I turn to the internet, because as we all know everything one reads on the internet is
Here's what my BFF Wikipedia says about the aquatic birds known as rails:
"...any of 127 species of slender, somewhat chicken-shaped marsh birds, with short rounded wings, short tail, large feet, and long toes, of the family Rallidae (order Gruiformes). The name is sometimes used to include coots and gallinules, which belong to the same family, but coots and gallinules are far more ostentatious. Coots and gallinules flock like ducks, swim in open water, and waddle conspicuously on shore. By contrast, rails are secretive birds, hiding among reeds at the water’s edge by day and uttering their calls mostly at night."
Coots and gallinules?
Ostentatious coots to boot?
Oh, the field day I could have with these words, but before I say something
If you hear somebody cackling and howling, it's just me laughing at my own off-color remarks about coots and gallinules and rails. Oh my.