George B Reynard
Stephen T Harty
23 May 1967
New JerseyBurlington County
- Hartford or Body's Marsh, Hartford
- 39.9666667 -74.8333333
- NAGRA III-B
- Sennheiser MKH 104
- Parabola 76.2cm (30in)
Specimen located at Philadelphia Academy of Sciences.
This singing Virginia Rail was actually caught 26May1967 at 11:30pm with a team from the Delaware Valley Ornithological Club (Frederick Homer, Joseph A Jacobs, Stephen T. Harty and George B. Reynard). At that time, it was calm and we surrounded the singing bird which was in a dense patch of Water Smartweed (Polygonum punctatum), erected a mist net with lowest trammel secured below water line, with flashlights lit - we saw leaves move from point of singing toward net and out came, and was captured, a Virginia Rail.
It was kept captive for about two months, but did not give 'kicker' song during this time. Later, following an injury it died. On 03Aug1967, after dissection it was determined to be a male by Mr. Frederick A. Ulmer of the Philadelphia Zoological Gardens, who is experienced in sexing birds. A paper has been submitted to Cassinia, entitled 'Ornithological Mystery song given by male Virginia Rail."
BNA: Three examples of the "kicker" call, which contrary to BNA is not given only by females.