|Common Name||King Rail|
|Scientific Name||Rallus elegans|
|Type of Report||Rare Species|
|Date of Observation||08/14/2017|
|Reporting Observer's Name||Michael Daigle|
|Mailing Address||370 Bear Trap Rd.|
Milton, Vt. 05468
|Names & Emails of Other Contributing Observers|
|Latitude of Observation||0|
|Longitude of Observation||0|
|Time of Day||06:30 PM|
|Length of Time Observed||10 minutes|
|Maximum Estimated Distance from Bird (in feet)||150 feet|
|Minimum Estimated Distance from Bird (in feet)||25 feet|
|Noteworthy Weather Conditions|
Clear sunny day
|Optical Equipment Used for Observation|
|Observer’s Previous Acquaintance With This or Similar Species|
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|Description of Habitat|
Was spotted down in a marshy area behind my house. Then watched it fly to a nearby tree.
Have lived here for 14 years and have never seen a bird quite like this. My son was the first to observe it.
|Verbal Narrative & Description of Observation|
My son noticed this very strange looking bird about 150 behind out house down by our pond with a very long bill. My wife, myself and my daughter all saw it. A my wife, my son and my daughter drove our sport utility vehicle down towards the pond I approached the bird on foot and was able to get to within about 25 feet of it. it flew up into a tree just above us and we were all able to observe it for quite some time. It took me a day to figure out what it was but when I saw the picture of a King Rail I knew that that was the bird we had all seen.
|Relative Size & Shape|
Very long slender bird.
Long bill with very sleek head
|Feet & Bill|
|Breast, Belly, Flanks, Under Tail Coverts|
Tan, white, orangish color
|IMPORTANT: What similar species were eliminated when making the identification and how was this bird different?|
Bird was identified by observing photo of bird on Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
|This report was written from notes taken:||Written from Memory|