Posts Tagged ‘Virginia Rail’

How to see a Sora and a Virginia Rail

Thursday, October 9th, 2014
  1. Go to the North-West corner of Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary.
  2. Stand on the platform overlooking the pond and peer at the reeds.
  3. Wait.

I didn’t need to wait long. A couple of Soras showed up first, followed by an elegant Rail.

Virginia Rail
Virginia Rail

Who’s afraid of Virginia Rail

Sunday, October 17th, 2010

Well, I was afraid of getting up at 5:30am, but that’s what getting to Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary by bicycle + public transit entails (giving myself some extra time).

This sanctuary is a duck’s Mecca and a birder’s Jerusalem. A hundred thousand birds were keeping me entertained.
About 2000 Snow Geese were flying in formation in the morning and rested on the field alongside the sanctuary at the end of the day.

11 Sandhill Cranes letting people feed them on the trail? ridiculous.
Not at all like the four Cranes who stood a field away from me, making me work hard and challenging the power of my binoculars at Grant Narrows a month and a half ago.

The multitude of birders out there (they were all looking for a lost Wood Sandpiper who didn’t show up) provided help: I got a look at the Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (a rare visitor from Asia!) through someone’s scope.

The Marsh Wrens, who evaded me yesterday at Boundary Bay, did not evade me today. They were better looking than I expected.
I also got notified of Virginia Rails, and some patience paid off!
Day Summary: 40 species, 3 lifers. Not bad at all.