Regarding Virginia Rails seen recently in Central Park (Manhattan, N.Y. City), it has been confirmed (& witnessed) for two individuals of that species seen released (from rehab., by the Wild Bird Fund of Manhattan) on Tuesday, 21 November, and additionally, one earlier individual of that species may have also been released into the same area of Central Park (the Loch, a.k.a. "the Ravine") in the week prior, making for a possible total of 3 Virginia Rails released from the same rehab. center in the past ten days or less.  These released birds are virtually certain to be the source[s] of all current reports & sightings of the same species at the same location or viciinty, in recent days.    It is also perhaps a good thought to check in with these rehabbers on the occasion of any uncommon sightings in Central Park that might seem slightly unusual for habitat, date, & etc., as there have been various other migrant (as well as local-resident) birds placed there after a rehab.-recovery has taken place, in recent years.

good - and ethical - observing to all,

Tom Fiore
manhattan
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