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Sunday, June 6th
When conducting a BBS, the observer is instructed to count all birds
that are identified by sight and sound within a 0.25 mile of a stop.
Birds can't be enticed to respond to a tape or to "pishing." On
Sunday's Knapp route that traversed some prime wetland habitat, Carl
and I had already heard a couple of Soras. For some unknown reason,
I had the urge to clap while standing near one particular wetland.
I'm not sure why this particular wetland, as I had not had the urge
before while listening to the sounds coming from other wetlands alng
I gave about 4 loud claps, and a Virginia Rail responded very nicely
with its "kidick, kidick" call. Carl and I exchanged grins.
And now, I ask you to please keep a secret - don't anyone tell the
BBS folks in the USGS office in Patuxent, but that species made it
onto Knapp's checklist. The BBS is not the method of choice to track
populations of certain species, rails being one of them. So, I guess
this is the way that I rationale it. Adding 1 Virginia Rail to the
list will not affect any interpretation of population trends for this
species. BUT, it may mean a few extra dollars for the Quad 30
Campaign as this species is seldom "gotten" on BBS routes.
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