Bart raised a couple of good questions regarding what the Black Rail is (or was) doing at Huntley Meadows. Of course, there isn't much we can do except speculate. My guess is that this bird is misplaced for one reason or another, and is searching vigorously for a mate. If a female showed up I think they would breed there, providing the water levels stay appropriate. The presence of a bird at Dulles Wetlands in late summer may suggest that they breed somewhere in the area. Why not? Just my opinion, I could be way wrong. Catch it, put a transmitter on it, and let's see where it goes... Todd Day Jeffersonton, VA BlkVulture@xxxxxxx You are subscribed to VA-BIRD. To post to this mailing list, simply send email to va-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx To unsubscribe, send email to va-bird-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with 'unsubscribe' in the Subject field.