Not just crows and raptors and owls:  the Common Grackle pair nesting in the 
dead cattails at Hile School rd Wetland has nestlings big enough to show their 
impressive little bills over the edge—visible while just sitting there.  
Guessing  they will fledge in 6-7 da. 

This morning a Virginia rail gave a classic rendition of the descending grunts 
near the s  edge of the road, then proceeded to find a fairly sunny nook in the 
cattails about 3 m from me, and do a leisurely thorough preening. Nothing I 
did—squatting to try to get pictures etc—seemed to perturb it.  Wish we knew if 
it were one of same ones over last few years. 

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