with 3 small chicks
Brought in (unharmed) by domestic cat. Released soon after. Old field habitat near a pond
Humboldt County, California, US
The 2nd photo is of a fuzzy black chick.
Stocky small and dark, gray on cheeks. long orange bill,
reddish-brown overall, black barring on lower flanks.
The Virginia Rail (Rallus limicola) is a small waterbird, of the family Rallidae.