Working mud flats on back bay at low tide. Kilikikikikikik
This rail looked bigger than other birds I've seen, so at the time, I was excited that this might be a king rail. Alas, the bill I think confirms this as a clapper, and a local birder told me that he didn't think king rails occurred in the area.
Photographed during a high tide . This species may be split in the future from eastern forms .This species is larger and much paler than Virginia Rail which is also found at this location .
Swan Harbor Farm Park, MD May 4, 2014
Adult female found freshly dead in the median strip of Rowe Blvd at Taylor Ave., Annapolis, MD April 16, 2014
The Clapper Rail (Rallus longirostris) is a member of the rail family, Rallidae. Some researchers believe that this bird and the similar King Rail are a single species; the two birds are known to interbreed.