Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Splendid rail

Birded Montrose Point this morning and tallied 36 species. The highlight was a lifer king rail on the beach. Rails are generally elusive, and king rails are especially scarce in the Midwest these days.

For the third time this spring, I observed an odd loud birder. "King rail along the breakwall! King rail along the breakwall!" came the cry from across the big field on the point. Nearly every birder stopped looking at what they were looking at. One guy went into an all out sprint.

The picture above shows the group viewing the rail.

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