Virginia rail highlights GLT bird walks

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By Trish Percival

The Granby Land Trust hosted its annual bird walks in May and, once again, the birds did not disappoint. Led by John Weeks and Christine Chinni, the walks have become a springtime tradition in town.
This year the sky was overcast for the May 13 walk, but the rain held off. Twenty people turned out and the birds cooperated nicely, treating the participants to many superb looks. Ten beautiful warbler species all came in for close-ups. As usual, the Virginia rail was the showstopper. John deployed a new wireless speaker, placed directly on the ground. He played the call of the Virginia rail on the speaker and, sure enough, the rail stalked right up to it in plain view!


John Weeks and Christine Chinni led the Granby Land Trust bird walk last month. Photo by Jim Watso

The group logged 42 species of birds over the course of the morning. The cloudy skies meant that raptors weren’t flying and some passerines that were undoubtedly present didn’t sing. “Nevertheless, everyone went home happy,” said John.