Clapper Rail. A clattering cackle in the salt marsh is often our first clue to the presence of this big rail. Sound here. The Clapper Rail is usually hidden in dense cover, but sometimes we see it stalking boldly along the muddy edge of the marsh, twitching its short tail as it walks, or swimming across a tidal creek. Historically it was abundant on the Atlantic Coast but now much more localized, as coastal marsh has been broken up by development. Along most of Atlantic and Gulf Coasts, strictly a bird of salt marsh, sometimes in adjacent brackish marsh. —
Glossy Ibis. Found in marshes, rice fields, swamps. Forages in shallow waters, favoring marshes (either fresh or salt), flooded fields, shallow ponds, estuaries. It generally feeds on the adults and larvae of various insects, as well as molluscs and crustaceans, but small vertebrates, such as fish, frogs, lizards and small snakes, are sometimes also taken when encountered. Plant material, such as cultivated rice and sorghum, may also supplement the diet in some areas. The Glossy Ibis typically forages in small flocks, and will roost communally, often in trees located far from its wetland feeding sites. —
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