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Ridgeway’s Rail, Cowles Pt, Lake Murray

Definitely a rail, emerged from marsh vegetation, only 10yards away, while I was picnicking Sunday evening about 6:45pm. No binos or camera. 

Heavy body, compared to grackles that were present.
gray, brown above, cinnamon below, on neck and cheeks, with whitish throat.
Long, heavy, slightly down curved beak.
Tail short, prominent white under, cocked up.
Ventured out along lake shore about 5 yards for about 5 minutes. 

Nancy Stalnaker 
San Carlos
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