Bird #222 — Virginia Rail

rallus (rail) limicola (mud dweller)

Saturday, May 8, 1982 — 9:10 am

Waukegan, Illinois — Waukegan Public Beach

I finished looking at my lifer Warbling Vireo just moments before.  I walked about twenty feet further along the edge of the tiny marsh on the dunes about 50 yards back from Lake Michigan.  I saw a flash of rufous tail disappear under a clump of reeds.  I stood still until a Virginia Rail came out and began foraging.  Much of the time it was out of sight behind reeds.  I would get a brief glimpse of a head, a tail or a belly.  The entire bird was in sight only twice for a few seconds each time.  I was approximately eight feet away.

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