Sunday, May 24, 2009

Black Rail, Jake's Landing

A single Black Rail called briefly at Jake's Landing this evening, around 10:15pm. The bird was a fair distance away, directly across the creek from the parking area.

The moderate breeze tonight made listening for nocturnals a bit more difficult- the Black Rail was heard during a period of calm conditions. Other birds heard in the dark included two Virginia Rails, a Saltmarsh Sharp-tailed Sparrow, one barking Black Skimmer and of course numerous Clapper Rails, Seaside Sparrows and Marsh Wrens.

There were a couple thousand shorebirds at Reed's Beach on a high tide this evening, with the majority consisting of Semipalmated Sandpipers. There were also about a dozen Black Skimmers there.

A brief visit to the Mt. Olive Cemetery in Swainton (located off of Goshen-Swainton Road) produced 3-4 Chuck-will's-widows at dusk.

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