Ridgway’s Rails on San Francisco Bay

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Ridgway Rails on San Francisco Bay

Written by Bob Sundstrom

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[Ridgway’s Rail loud calls, clacking notes leading to oinking call, http://macaulaylibrary.org/audio/210533]

In a salt marsh close to San Francisco, a loud clatter erupts from the dense vegetation. These jolting notes, like a small engine cranking up, are the voice of a Ridgway’s Rail.

[Ridgway’s Rail loud calls, clacking notes leading to oinking call]

The secretive chook peeks out from the sting of the marsh grass. First, the lengthy pink invoice seems, adopted by the cinnamon-colored breast and white striped flanks. The rail takes a step ahead on lengthy yellow legs, revealing a stubby, upturned tail. Image a slim, tawny rooster – however with the invoice and legs of a sandpiper, and a singular voice to match its eccentric look.

[Ridgway’s Rail calls]

As soon as ample round San Francisco Bay, the Ridgway’s Rail — previously generally known as the California Clapper Rail — is as we speak endangered. Within the nineteenth Century, unregulated looking plundered the species. Within the twentieth Century, rampant improvement lowered salt marsh habitat by 85%.

However within the twenty first Century, the Ridgway’s Rail has allies. Restoration is underneath strategy to improve wholesome saltmarsh habitat for the scarce birds. Additionally, efforts to regulate the variety of predatory cats are bettering the probabilities for the Ridgway’s Rail to outlive.

[The calls of several Ridgway’s Rails]

You’ll be able to see photographs of this chook if you come to our web site, BirdNote.org.

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Bird sounds offered by The Macaulay Library of Pure Sounds on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York. 210533 recorded by Bruce Rideout, 103224 recorded by M. Medlar.
Producer: John Kessler        Govt Producer: Sallie Bodie
© 2016 Tune In to Nature.org  January 2016 / 2019 / 2022 Narrator: Michael Stein

ID#        CRRA-01-2017- 23  CRRA-01  (was CLRA-01)   

http://www.abcbirds.org/abcprograms/science/watchlist/clapper_rail.html: ABC hyperlink
http://www.fws.gov/desfbay/Archives/Clapper/carail.htm: wonderful species abstract and dialogue of restoration initiatives underneath manner; present to 2010
http://wildequity.org/species/4: extra on conservation, together with cat downside
 

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