Via eBird report, there was a roadkill Yellow Rail by the Nashboro Golf
Course Ponds on 31 Oct 2017. The bird was submitted as a winter wren (!!),
hence it didn't make the alerts. I've been in touch with the observer and
sadly the specimen was not saved.
Submitting dead birds is not appropriate to eBird, but I think we ought to
let this one slide since it's such a great record (and it was submitted as
an incidental report). The species has not been changed to Yellow Rail yet.
It seems like there's an invasion of Yellow Rails this year, but many of
the first 11 records in the state were all window kills in Nashville (40-50
years ago). I suspect they are annual and expected, but extremely
difficult to find. You just have to get REALLY lucky. This may be a good
year for them in the state though! Good luck to those stomping fields this
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