We launched out canoe onSo we turned back and went under the bridge, spotting a Muskrat swimming along the way. we were only perhaps 100 m west of the bridge when we heard a characteristic sound - a Sora Rail. We paddled over to the edge of the reeds and played the Sora call using my voice recorder and portable speakers. After a bit, we got an auditory response from very close. We strained to see it, but could not. Eventually, we had to give up and proceed.
at Constance Creek Thomas Dolan Parkway. We could see a good number of Ring-necked Ducks, Lesser Scaup, Buffleheads and Canada Geese in the back on the east side of the bridge. We paddled towards them, but they all flushed almost immediately. We saw some Wood Ducks take flight too with their characteristic woweek sound. Every beaver lodge or mound of vegetation seemed to have a Canada Goose perched on it, presumably on a nest.
We heard another Sora and many Swamp Sparrows, but could not see either. We saw a pair of Ring-necked Ducks in excellent light. We also heard a Pied-billed Grebe calling, but could not locate it, hidden in the reeds.
We saw many Bufflheads in this section, some of which let us approach closer than usual.