Morningside and The Bashakill


I spent most of my morning birding Morningside Park by Kayak.  It was another memorable morning, I’m just enjoying it so much this year.  No Anhinga this morning. The highlight of the morning is shared.  I again got to spend time with the Virginia Rail family which is just a lot of fun! I also had my FOS (actually FOY) SEMIPALMATED PLOVER in the county this morning as well. Shorebirds were in short supply, with only one each of Semipalmated Plover, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Spotted Sandpiper and Killdeer.  Only Great Blue Herons, no Greens today.  The rails were really the best. I think everyone will enjoy these shots!


One of the rail chicks was really cooperative this morning! Below, the mother fluffs and preens a bit.



You can almost miss the chick in the above shot!

Bashakill – I had another family of six Virginia Rails right along Haven Road, six Great Blue Heron and two Belted Kingfishers.


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2 Responses to Morningside and The Bashakill

  1. Kathleen Ashman says:

    Lucky you to spend time with these delightful Virginia Rails! Their coloration is perfect for blending into the shadows of the vegetation.

  2. I can’t believe how confiding they are. As long as I don’t make sudden moves or bang the kayak, they seem content and undisturbed by my presence.

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