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Just to get started let me urge you to buy Louisiana-grown rice. It would be good for their economy and good for birds as well. Send away for it if you have to. A second thing to consider is to attend the Yellow Rails & Rice Festival in early November 2017. We went last year and had 30 Yellow Rails the first day. It is a good program with good birds and very nice people. In addition we had hundreds and hundreds of White-faced Ibis, Skimmers, and various geese. The Louisiana countryside was full of surprise – look back on this blog to a previous post on Louisiana Birds.
Rice trails only sugar cane and corn/maize as an agricultural commodity worldwide. The plant was domesticated about 10,000 years ago (+-2,000 years either way) and is still a staple in the diet of several billion of our world’s people. There are thousands of varieties of rice being grown today. China and India produce about 50% of the annual crop. But, Louisiana has the nicest growers, great rice, and Yellow Rails – can anyone beat that?
The Yellow Rail is a target bird for all list-keeping birders and probably just any sort of birder at all. It is very hard to see. It is small. It is nocturnal. It doesn’t fly much. But there is a way to see them – lots of them as a matter of fact. This is a rewrite of a blog post I did back in November of 2016 – somehow I deleted the original.