[Tweeters] Rails Of The Night

Josh Adams xjoshx at gmail.com
Sat Apr 17 23:08:41 PDT 2021

Hello Tweets,
I started recording avian nocturnal flight calls at my home four years ago.
For those who are not familiar, many of our migratory species migrate
nocturnally and some of those species give audible calls which can be
detected and recorded.

This week I was doing some work late into the night while listening to my
microphone and managed to hear all three three Washington rail species
(Virginia Rail, Sora, and American Coot) live.

Since I suspect many of you were not aware that you may be able to detect
rails migrating over your house at night I thought I'd share some
recordings I've made:

*Sora*: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/322368401
*Virginia Rail 'tick'*: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/224019631
*Virginia Rail 'keer'*: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/223276741
*American Coot (presumed)*: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/326880601

Unfortunately, most of my detected birds happen between midnight and 4am,
but it isn't too uncommon to get a rail before midnight.

Josh Adams
Cathcart, WA
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