To reviewers: take a moment to examine that map ... yes the bird is mapped precisely where it was found ... on the hillside of a scrub-oak community well away from any water. The bird was flushed from resting within leaf litter. It popped up and proceeded to walk calmly along a downed limb to a ht of 3 ft where it froze within a tangle of branches worthy of a catbird nest. The species is rarely encountered in the county but to find one in this situation is simply mind-boggling.
There were several(3-4) of these in an 50x50 meter area.
Medicine Lake N.W.R.,
Sheridan Co., Montana
20 June 2007
This is a very shy but beautiful little "bird". First time I have ever seen this species in the wild.
Heard one calling down in Gromme Marsh.
I've heard these guys maybe a hundred times or more, but this is only the second time I've ever laid eyes on one.
Call recorded on video. Descending "whinny" also heard.
Orange County, California, US
The Sora (Porzana carolina) is a small waterbird, of the family Rallidae, sometimes also referred to as the Sora Rail or Sora Crake.