[Mich-listers] Juvenile King Rail @ Pt. Mouillee SGA, Monroe Co. - 21 Aug 2010
jourdaj at gmail.com
Sat Aug 21 15:40:31 EDT 2010
Larry Urbanski, Will Weber and I observed a juvenile King Rail for about 30
min. in the rain this morning at Pt. Mouillee. The all-dark rail was
foraging next to a Lesser Yellowlegs in the ditch alongside the North
Causeway in the NE corner of the Long Pond Unit.
The rail was almost 2X larger than the yellowlegs, which helped confirmed
ID. Larry gets credit for the find - way to go, Larry!
I've posted a pic to my blog:
and a YouTube video (higher quality coming soon...)
Folks from the Oakland Audubon arrived soon after and were able to enjoy
good views of this bird, which is listed as a Casual bird to Michigan. Its
been about 5 yrs. since the last confirmed breeding of King Rail in SE
so this is nice news to follow up on the recent sightings made by Adam Byrne
and Brad Murphy of adult birds.
I'll post more pics to my blog when time permits, and will provide full
writeup to the records committee.
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