• King Rail

    Common NameKing Rail
    Scientific NameRallus elegans
    Type of ReportRare Species
    Date of Observation08/14/2017
    Number Observed1
    Reporting Observer's NameMichael Daigle
    Mailing Address370 Bear Trap Rd.
    Milton, Vt. 05468
    United States
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    Date Completed08/15/2017
    Names & Emails of Other Contributing Observers

    Jami Daigle
    Domenico Daigle
    Ella Daigle

    Latitude of Observation0
    Longitude of Observation0
    Place NameMilton
    Time of Day06:30 PM
    Length of Time Observed10 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.

    Behaviors Observed

    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

    Long legs

    Upper Back

    Darker orangish

    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

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