Date: 5/3/19 8:40 am
From: Ron & Amy Burkert <raburkert...>
Subject: Re: Allegheny County - continuing Virginia rail and solitary sandpiper at the Harrison Hills pond/marsh
Alan,

Wasn’t aware of that.

Just obtained video of copulation from about 12’. Breeding confirmed; now for proof of nesting!

Ron
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> On May 3, 2019, at 10:53 AM, Alan Buriak <a_buriak...> wrote:
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> Ron, quite possibly could be, and it would be extremely noteworthy. If you aren't aware, there is only one prior confirmed breeding record for Virginia Rail in Allegheny County and it was a few years ago at Wingfield Pines near Bridgeville. The habitat there was small but lush and also had a boardwalk going through, so they will occasionally breed at these small pockets of habitat even close to human presence. However I'm not sure what is considered "confirmation" of breeding, in the case of Wingfield Pines the chicks were actually observed after they started venturing away from the nest. It might take some very diligent observing by birders to get a confirmation again, but it's a worthy endeavor! Nice work.
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> Alan Buriak
> Gibsonia, Allegheny County
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> -------- Original message --------
> From: Ron & Amy Burkert <raburkert...>
> Date: 5/3/19 10:23 AM (GMT-05:00)
> To: <PABIRDS...>
> Subject: Re: [PABIRDS] Allegheny County - continuing Virginia rail and solitary sandpiper at the Harrison Hills pond/marsh
>
> Second note: just saw and got lousy photos of VIRA carrying, for about 20 feet, a yellowish 1 1/2” worm/grub from marsh closest to pond to under boardwalk at angle closest to blind! Feeding?!?
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> Ron Burkert
> Sent from my iPhone
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> > On May 3, 2019, at 9:58 AM, Ron & Amy Burkert <raburkert...> wrote:
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> > Was lucky to get some great photos of the VIRA and SOSA first reported by Dave Brooke.
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> > Thanks Dave for the great finds and nice to meet you Wednesday.
> >
> > Ron Burkert
> > Oakmont, PA
> > Sent from my iPhone
 
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