I went over to the northeast bend of Brown Rd (S) for sparrows this AM but 
batted out on Vespers and Savannahs. I found SONG SPARROW, CHIPPING SPARROW, 
AMERICAN TREE SPARROW by the third parking lot along with EASTERN PHOEBE, TREE 
SWALLOW, RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD, and Starlings, Robins, Jays, Crows, Chickadees, 
etc. Then hearing trilling that didn't seem long enough to be Chipping, I 
started for the marshy field to the east of the parking lot. Just as I turned 
in that direction, a strange call put me on a rapidly descending Snipe sp. 
(just a silhouette) who landed in that field. After reaching a good view of the 
marsh grasses and shrubs, I easily found singing SWAMP SPARROW in numbers, some 
sitting high on low shrubs to give good views while trilling. In between 
traffic noise, I clearly heard the kid-DICK kid-DICK kid-DICK of a VIRGINIA 
RAIL male song several times, at intervals of several minutes. Never saw it as 
it was down in the weeds. No response calls.

For a day promising to be nice later, I got sprinkled on twice by cold rain in 
the hour I was out. Birding!


Chris Pelkie
Research Analyst
Bioacoustics Research Program
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
159 Sapsucker Woods Road
Ithaca, NY 14850


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