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Wednesday, August 01, 2007

More rails

I returned to the wetland where I have seen rails this morning. As has been the case on the other days I have gone there, both the Virginia Rails and Sora's called quite a bit.

Though this pic isn't real sharp, it does show off the plumage of adults of this species. It especially shows off clearly the reddish-brown or russet colored iris that distinguishes the adults from juveniles.

This is one of 3 adult Virginia Rails I saw in close succession in different places in the wetlands so I know there are at least 3 adults there, and I suspect 4+. While I watched, they made contact calls between each other and their offspring. It was just like eavesdropping on family conversation.


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