Virginia Rail!!

snowgyre

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Athens, GA
Okay, I'm so stoked right now. I almost didn't go birding this morning because it was pouring until around 8AM, but I figured that I might as well give it a shot because sometimes the waterfowl at the local reservoir stay active later in the day with bad weather in the morning.

As I was watching hispid cotton rats, common yellowthroats, and swamp sparrows underneath the bridge by the spillway, I saw my first ever Virginia Rail!! At first I thought he was another cotton rat, but he had feathers! Man, for those of you who don't bird (or know what this bird is), rails as a general rule are virtually IMPOSSIBLE to spot. They're normally in thick marshes, running around like little mice, and MAYBE you see a glimpse of one every once in a while.

I got to watch this guy for 40 minutes, from 30 feet away, from the elevated view of a bridge!!! It was just whootsauce all over.

I even took pictures to document the uncommon bird. You can see them here:

Photos!
 

paulnj

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NJ USA
Definately a virginia rail in it's wintering habitat. Indeed they are quite leary of humans. Great find:main_thumbsup:
 
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