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Virginia Rail (Virginia)

Rallus limicola limicola/friedmanni

ML45632


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Randolph Little
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Gregory Budney
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20.0 km N of Sierraville; Sierra Valley; Marble Hot Springs Road
Plumas, California, United States
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Latitude and Longitude 39.7555, -120.3528 Map

Age and Sex
Adult – 1
Sounds
Call
Behaviors
Breeding
Courtship, Display, or Copulation
Tags
; ;
Playback
Used

Comments

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]. Response to playback: Orient. Response to playback: Normal song. Other Behaviors: Advertise, Social Context: Mixed. Habitat: Wetland, Freshwater, Deciduous Forest, Pasture.

Background Species

Dog (Domestic type) - Canis lupus (Domestic type)
Wilson's Snipe - Gallinago delicata

Technical Information

Recorder
NAGRA IV-D
Microphone
Sennheiser MKH 404
Accessories
Parabola 91.4cm/30.5cm (36in/12in)

Archival Information

Cataloged
13 Nov 2000 by Nancy Schrempf
Digitized
17 Feb 2004 by Claudia Zan
Edited
23 Oct 1989 by Thomas Paolangeli

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