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I know this pic is not the best, but it's all I have, and hopefully it's enough. I'm hoping to hear some opinions from the experts here. I spotted this bird in New Brunswick on July 23, and followed it a bit, but it always stayed a step ahead of me and my camera. This shot of it ducking into the reeds was the only one I could get.

I'm sure it's a rail of some sort, and am thinking it's likely Virginia. Nothing else seems to fit. I cropped and brightened the photo a bit, but it's otherwise unaltered.1806900161_railbrighter.jpg.3afb8acba0ac7bc3e6c87d105c011725.jpgAnyone else have any thoughts?

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I wasn’t trying to contradict anyone. Sorry if I came across that way. As I said I’m not an expert. I saw the white stripe too and saw something similar in my pictures of rail. But maybe it’s not what you call it, supercillia, so that’s what makes it different too. 

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11 minutes ago, Cloebird said:

I wasn’t trying to contradict anyone. Sorry if I came across that way.

That's part of why we're here, to have discussions and learn!

Another thing to look at here is the tail shape. Rails have tails that come to a point. This bird does not.

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49 minutes ago, Cloebird said:

I wasn’t trying to contradict anyone. Sorry if I came across that way. As I said I’m not an expert. I saw the white stripe too and saw something similar in my pictures of rail. But maybe it’s not what you call it, supercillia, so that’s what makes it different too. 

And I apologize if my questions came across as confrontational.  I was asking the membership in general about rails and supercillia (technically correct fancy-schmancy for 'eyebrows').  Like @meghann said, we're all here to learn!  

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