This Sora was out foraging in the open at water's edge of a backwater area of Patagonia Lake in the late afternoon. It seemed quite unconcerned about my presence. I was able to get digiscope pics of the rail from barely 25 ft away, through a 20X Nikon scope and handheld iPhone. Here is the eBird checklist for this afternoon visit.
Imperial County, California, US
For better photos of this individual please see dpom's observation today! :-)
The Sora (Porzana carolina) is a small waterbird of the family Rallidae, sometimes also referred to as the Sora Rail or Sora Crake.