Checklist S20346495

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Owner Alvan Buckley

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Observations

  1. Number observed: 1

    Details: 19 Nov 2016:
    After recent sightings of CLRA in the northeast I had a look at the new Sibley guide to compare CLRA & KIRA. I was surprised to see paintings of these birds in flight - something missing from all previous field guides I have seen.
    Comparing the sketches of CLRA & KIRA vs. my memory of this bird and the description below I feel that it was almost certainly a Clapper Rail.

  2. King/Clapper Rail

    Number observed: 1

    Details: Walked down the steep hill towards the main river following a creek. Had been wandering around many marshes/wet spots throughout the day in hopes of wrens, sparrows, and rails - it all finally paid off!

    Five meters in front of me a medium-sized bird flushed and with dangled legs flew away following the creek down the hill and landed behind a large rock - about 20m away. It was immediately obvious that it was either a large rail or corncrake!! I noted the noticeably bright rufous inner half to the upperwing which seemed to be limited to the wing coverts and absent from the primaries, primary coverts, and secondaries. The pp.s, pp. coverts, and ss.s seemed to blend in with the same colour of the mantle and scapulars which were an orangey brown (a somewhat bright brown).

    I immediately backed up knowing how skittish these birds were and ran to get Ian. When he arrived I reviewed the 2 field guides we had and was easily able to rule out Corncrake based on the upper wing coloration.

    Based on the size, Clapper & King Rail were the remaining options.

    Ian and I returned to the area where I had last seen it and were able to flush it once more. But after repeated attempts at flushing it, and playing tapes we were unable to see it again without having got a photo. During the second observation I saw the same features as before but did seem to get a quick impression of dark flanks when it turned to land. The --->secondary coverts<--- were again seen to contrast from the remaining upperside feathers - a feature we both agreed was easily seen from the distance of less than 10 meters.

    Hopefully it will be re-found as I think this could very well be a KING RAIL!

    Clapper Rails of the atlantic sub-species/species are duller than their counterparts, and even more so when compared to King Rail. The warm tones of this bird certainly added up to give me the impression of a King Rail. Although I've never seen either species before.

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