Ron Shields reports:
"I've attached an image of a usually secretive Virginia Rail photographed in the Kearny Marsh on Sunday evening. Surprised by my presence, it called out loudly and sharply before flying across the channel.
"In addition, Black-crowned Night Herons and Great Blue Herons were numerous and contacts with Common Moorhens are on the increase.
“Conspicuous by their absence are the Great Egrets as only one was seen throughout my visit.
“A Least Bittern was flushed once again from the same set of phragmites as my last trip."