Five days of persistence finally paid off. I had a much larger search image in my head, more like the size of a Coot? Nope, half that size. A moving softball. When this exquisite, tiny creature popped out...I...got it. At last!
Burst from the shore and disappeared into the grass. Grr...
I need a little ID help for this bird on display at the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History.
A pair of Virginia Rails were calling from the cattails and were coaxed out with several bouts of spishing.
The Virginia Rail (Rallus limicola) is a small waterbird, of the family Rallidae.