Virginia Rail

Rallus limicola

ML141589041



eBird Checklist S46879768
Ocean Beach County Park
Santa Barbara, California, United States
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Latitude and Longitude 34.691, -120.6004 Map

Age
Unknown
Sex
Unknown
Sounds
Call
Behaviors
Breeding
Tags
;
Playback
Used

Media notes

Sharp 'kiu' or 'kweek' calls and one grunt series by Virginia Rail at Ocean Beach Park, Santa Barbara Co. Recorded 12:36 p.m. using iPhone handheld. Background birds include Ruddy Duck, Marsh Wren, Red-winged Blackbird, and Song Sparrow.

Observation details

These responded to playback beyond the north end of the old bridge and in the bulrushes and estuary edge. Grunt series repeated by two birds and then one approached giving a single, loud ‘kweek’ call (recording made). This bird eventually walked very close to me (I had ceased playback, and the bird simply carried on searching the area). The bird eventually flew on its own across a small pond, dragging its feet or body in the water during the last part of this short flight. I think the bird had captured something and was carrying it away across the pond. I noted a medium sized rail with deep orange rufous on neck and underparts, gray face, black flanks with thin white vertical bars and olive and gray brown striped upperparts. The bill was moderately long and slightly decurved at the terminal 1/4; the mandible was a bright orange-red. The sharp 'kweek' call ('kiu' in the literature) is similar to Sora. I watched the Virginia Rail utter this note, however, as it searched the marsh presumably in response to my playback. Description of this call is given by G. W. Kaufman (1983, Wilson Bulletin 95:42-59, specifically see page 55).

Technical Information

Recorder
iPhone 7
Microphone
internal
Accessories
RodeRec app for recording
Original file size
17,116KB

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