TEESSIDE'S top visitor in April by some margin was the spotted crake, which regularly gave good views at RSPB Saltholme.
Saltholme's spotted crake has been busily mooching around the reedbeds near the Watchpoint hide, but also occasionally takes to the air when chased by a grumpy water rail.
The spotted crake is only slightly bigger than a starling and is similar in action to its much bigger cousin the moorhen.
Black-tailed crake is a little known species of bird in the Rallidae family.
Keywords: Black-tailed crake, proventriculus, gizzard.
Crake, mainly ground-dwelling birds, belongs to the family of Rallidae and the order of Gruiformes, and often looks for food in paddy fields, cannas, shrubs and swamps.
He is a former owner of Manley Administrative Services and also worked for Smith & Crakes
and Pacific Hospital Association.
The Grey-breasted Crake as a new species for Mexico, was in 2012 captured and photographed in a marsh in Minatitlan, Veracruz (Grosselet comm.
The recordings that where used to attract the birds where done by Manuel Grosselet, who tape-recorded the Grey-breasted Crake in the marsh in Minatitlan (records available at www.xeno-canto.com).
In the points where the individuals where heard and seen, we also played the Ruddy Crake call.