Virginia Rail (Rallus limicola)
Tick-it Call: A loud, sharp, mechanical tick...tick...tick-it...tick-it...tick-it... given repetitively for long periods of time. It is only heard during a short period of the year immediately after their arrival on the breeding grounds and is probably used by unpaired males on territory in order to attract a mate.(Conway 1995). The Tick-it call often heard very late at night or at dawn (pers. obs., Walkinshaw 1937).
Virginia Rail Tick-it Call, April 22, 2012, Horicon Marsh, Dodge Co, Wisconsin.
Conway, Courtney J. 1995. Virginia Rail (Rallus limicola), The Birds of North America Online (A. Poole, Ed.). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; Retrieved from the Birds of North America Online: http://bna.birds.cornell.edu/bna/species/173 doi:10.2173/bna.173
Walkinshaw, L. H. 1937. The Virginia Rail in Michigan. Auk 54:464-475.