by Kenneth Turner Blackshaw
How many of you are thinking about a dance instead of a bird? Almost makes you wonder if the namers were being witty when they named it. Even more so when you find the name is not a good one. It turns out that Virginia is one of the more difficult spots to find this bird.
What you are thinking of is the "Virginia Reel," one of the oldest dances in the New World, the details of which were first published in England in 1685 by Sir Roger De Coverly. Okay, that's sorted out, let's learn about the real Virginia Rail!
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