Virginia Rail and Chick


I walked the length of the Bog Meadow Brook Trail in Saratoga Springs this morning mainly looking for butterflies and wildflowers.  I was surprised to spot a dark bird feeding on the mud that turned out to be a Virginia Rail.  It moved a little further away but kept foraging while for some of the time another smaller dark bird seemed to join it.  After I looked carefully at my pictures I realized the smaller bird was a black, downy Virginia Rail chick - first I have ever seen.  A little further down the trail I spotted another grown Virginia Rail in the open. The rest of the birds I noticed on the trail were the expected ones.  I attached a few rail pics mostly for i.d. purposes. 

John H. 

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