Virginia Rail (Virginia)
Rallus limicola limicola/friedmanni
Sight and Sound
Social context: mixed
Response to playback: Orient. Response to playback: Normal song.
Randolph S Little
Gregory F Budney
8 Jun 1989
- 20.0 km N of Sierraville; Sierra Valley; Marble Hot Springs Road
- 39.7555003 -120.3528425
- 1500 meters
- Deciduous Forest
- NAGRA IV-D
- Sennheiser MKH 404
- Parabola 91.4cm/30.5cm (36in/12in)
NOTES: (Background Sounds: playback of this rail, our foot sounds on sandy berm of road, Nagra start-stop control noises; Species Sound: frequent; Breeding Status: territorial?, breeding?; Response to Playback: normal song after about 40 seconds quiet; General Climate: arid; Cover Density: thick; Weather: "sickle" moon) Greg played back this bird's call on his Nagra while I recorded the entire sequence. You can hear the clicking of the transport control when Greg starts and stops the playback, and can hear that the rail ceases calling when it hears the playback, and then gradually resumes after a considerable pause.
BNA: The "tick-it" call is heard throughout the recording. CZ 17/02/2004.
[There are 50 sets of "tick-it" calls, which are presumably given as a male advertising call (following BNA); however, some "series" represent only a single "tick." Quality unchanged (1 - but with the "bird" in the background apparently coming from a tape recorder) - CAM - 8 April 2005]