8-10" (20-25 cm). A quail-sized rail with short yellow bill, gray breast, and black face. Upperparts mottled brown; lower abdomen banded with black and white. Young birds in fall lack black face and have buff breast.
A small, secretive bird of freshwater marshes, the Sora is the most common and widely distributed rail in North America. Its distinctive descending whinny call can be easily heard from the depths of the cattails, but actually seeing the little marsh-walker is much more difficult.
WHERE: In the pond behind the Charelston Slough
WHEN: October. I generally see him early in the day when it is mostly cloudy.
|Sora - Seen at Shoreline at Mt. View Park in Marshes|