[Tweeters] black rail, LHG-Bellevue

Rolan Nelson rnbuffle at yahoo.com
Tue Jul 9 16:22:10 PDT 2013

Richard, you have no idea how many times I stopped breathing altogether just waiting for your e-mail to open!!   -Rolan

Rolan Nelson
Fircrest, WA
rnbuffle at yahoo.com

From: "Pterodroma at aol.com" <Pterodroma at aol.com>
To: tweeters at u.washington.edu
Sent: Tuesday, July 9, 2013 10:21 AM
Subject: [Tweeters] black rail, LHG-Bellevue

Well..., not THE "Black Rail", relax, ...rather two largish but still
all black fluffy-downy Virginia Rail chicks were seen out and about on
the main trail early this morning near the creek gauging station just south of
the central section hemlock/cedar grove running about and darting in and out of
the tallish trail side grasses.  Obviously a nesting success this season in
Bellevue's Lake Hills Greenbelt (LHG) and the first Virginia Rails
I've seen or heard at all since May (once) and seriously since
April when they were more vocal.  A good morning for Virginia Rails it
seems as I also heard one unprovoked grunt call from the marsh vegetation a
few feet south of the Phantom Lake deck at sunrise, my first detection at
all from there since April which at the time this morning I thought was a
big deal bonus day bird until I also saw the two chicks on the trail
about a half-mile distance from Phantom Lake, so a double bonus.

Richard Rowlett
Bellevue (Eastgate), WA
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