This morning, Karen Miller and I birded the Bashakill. The relative quiet recently seemed to abate a bit today. All of our marsh birds (with the exception of bitterns) were easily seen this morning, and one family of birds made our day. Almost as soon as we arrived on Haven Road, a family of Virginia Rails crossed the road nearby. First one adult followed by two chicks, then the second adult followed by two chicks and then several singles. Fortunately, we were able to get some shots of the birds as they crossed. As I recall, this is the largest family of rails I’ve ever seen. Two adults with seven chicks were seen! (photos attached) Bald Eagles, Common Gallinules, Great Blue Herons, Osprey and many Wood Ducks were seen to name a few. We also enjoyed some time with the abundant butterflies at the Deli Fields. We had at least eight species. Along with the Butterflies were two species of Sphinx Moths. One was new to me and I will have to look it up to see what kind it was. Great morning overall!
The second adult crossed with two chicks!
Two chicks disappeared into the grass just ahead of the adult when two more chicks shot across the road.
With two adults and six chicks having all crossed into the grass, finally, the last chick shot across the road to join the family!