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Checklist S24728448

 
Location
Liberty SP, Hudson County, New Jersey, US ( Map ) ( Hotspot )
Date and Effort
Sun Aug 23, 2015 7:26 AM
Protocol:
Traveling
Party Size:
1
Duration:
2 hour(s), 2 minute(s)
Distance:
0.8 mile(s)
Observers:
Dominic Garcia-Hall
Comments:
No evidence of migration today.
Submitted from BirdLog World for iOS, version 1.8
Species
41 species total
X
Canada Goose
X
Mallard
1
American Black Duck
X
Mourning Dove
5
Chimney Swift
1
King Rail (Northern)

Large rail appeared very briefly in scope-view as I was studying SBDOs. Initial impressions were strikingly different from any east coast clapper I've seen; no grey at all to face. Clean rusty cheek, small white throat with neck tawny on ventral side and richer rufous dorsally. Overall bird was a very tawny, rufuscent hue. Most notable was the orange mantle and back with neat black-centred scapulars. Barring on side of vent/belly seemed strong but bird never turned fully to face me. Also, but probably not relevant/diagnostic, was that bird seemed v bulky compared to dowitchers behind it. Bird disappeared into phrags on western edge of the HQ marsh - managed to snap on cellphone shot through scope.

Is this bird possibly an offsrpring of Bayonne Cling pair that has dispersed from natal site? Certainly a lot of king genes being expressed here if so.
Or is a lack of suitable freshwater marsh in the region is forcing King rails to colonize saltwater marsh at times?

© Dominic Garcia-Hall

Average Quality
30
Semipalmated Plover
2
Killdeer
2
Least Sandpiper
Age & Sex
Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
Male
Female
Sex Unknown 1 1
25
Semipalmated Sandpiper
2
Short-billed Dowitcher
Age & Sex
Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
Male
Female
Sex Unknown 2
5
Laughing Gull
X
Ring-billed Gull
X
Herring Gull
20
Common Tern
X
Double-crested Cormorant
2
Great Blue Heron
10
Great Egret
1
Snowy Egret
2
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
1
Downy Woodpecker
1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)
1
Willow Flycatcher
1
Eastern Kingbird
24
Fish Crow
2
Purple Martin

juves.

1
Barn Swallow
1
House Wren
2
Marsh Wren

© Dominic Garcia-Hall

Average Quality

countersinging

Behaviors:
song, call
Age:
Adult
Sex:
Male
Playback:
Not used
1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
X
American Robin
X
Gray Catbird
1
Northern Mockingbird
300
European Starling
X
American Goldfinch
1
Song Sparrow
3
Baltimore Oriole
1
Red-winged Blackbird
1
Brown-headed Cowbird
5
Common Yellowthroat
X
Northern Cardinal
 

Are you submitting a complete checklist of the birds you were able to identify?

Yes