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Rail Trail Evening Walk

Rail Trail, Amherst

May 12, 2016

Harvey Allen

Over 20 birders turned out to walk along the rail trail near Station Road in Amherst.  While scanning, we suddenly heard, then saw the elusive Virginia Rail ten feet in front of us dashing along the muddy shore.  Another prize for the evening was a Woodcock with two young.  Other sightings were a singing Orchard Oriole, Kingbird, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Yellowthroat, Catbird, and an eye-level look at a Pileated Woodpecker framed against the setting sun.