[CT Birds] Sora behavior

Mark Szantyr birddog55 at charter.net
Tue Sep 22 22:15:31 EDT 2009

Now this is what I'm talking about!  Excellent observations and notes.  This 
is very cool.

Mark S. Szantyr
80 Bicknell Road #9
Ashford, Connecticut 06278
Birddog55 at charter.net
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Jim Dugan" <jdugan11 at charter.net>
To: "CTBirds Birds" <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
Sent: Tuesday, September 22, 2009 10:03 PM
Subject: [CT Birds] Sora behavior

> This evening. 09/22/09, my brother Patrick & I observed the following 
> Sora behavior at Cove Island Wildlife Sanctuary in Stamford. We  believe 
> it is likely to be the same bird seen daily at the same  location since at 
> least Saturday AM.
> 6:10PM momentary splashing heard in phragmites
>   sound believed to be Sora dunk washing
> 6:15PM Sora Rail observed preening in phrag at waters edge near  location 
> of sound
> 6:25PM bathing in water
> 6:40PM bathing again, both times less than 1 minute
>   intermittent preening continued
> 6:45PM Sora climbs up phrag stalks rather quickly
>  at approximately five feet high well within one minute
> 6:49PM Sora climbs down and slightly deeper in cover to roughly four  feet 
> high
> 6:52PM Sunset
> 7:18PM bird observed closing eyes regularly for up to three seconds
> 7:19PM Civil Twilight
> 7:22PM lost visible light to distinguish bird in cover
> 7:27PM never saw bird leave perch and probably would have with  existing 
> back lighting from a man made source
> No feeding was observed
> No vocalizations were heard
> 90% cloud cover 68 degrees F
> air relatively still
> Attempt will be made predawn to see if bird is in same location.
> No information on this behavior was found in Bent and several other 
> online or print sources, not to say an exhaustive search was done.
> If anyone is aware of this possible roosting behavior - do tell.
> Jim Dugan & Patrick Dugan
> New Milford & Stamford
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