Eve Meier's post yesterday prompted me to bird along the Guadalupe River trail, which I had been neglecting far too long. I birded the short stretch of trail north of the Coleman bridge to the water district dam and saw eight rails in less than an hour. It could have been the time of day, around 4 pm, or the fact that their preferred habitat has shrunk drastically concentrating them in this area. Three SORA were seen at various locations at the edge of the cattails and two more in a small clump of cattails south of the Guadalupe Creek inflow. One VIRGINIA RAIL and a pair of COMMON GALLINULE were in the open near the cattails. Five WHITE THROATED SWIFTS flew overhead and a chirping OSPREY flew past with a large fish in its talons.