[CT Birds] More like a Juv Sora Rail
mardi1 at optonline.net
Mon Aug 9 09:40:39 EDT 2010
Birders et all,
I Just s/w Mimi Dekker. Mimi asked me to post this information. She
has not seen the bird so
far this morning and will be in-touch and notify if it returns.
Mimi said with further study from books and talking with others that
the bird is more likely
to be a juv SORA RAIL than what they initially thought. Mimi described
to me the behavior was
like a rail but she said the color pattern was more like a juv SORA
RAIL NOT like a Yellow Rail.
Mill Pond is across the road from the Nursery and mostly likely
wandered over from Mill Pond.
Thats all I know but wanted to get the info out ASAP. If I hear
anything further I will contact
and post further infomation.
Begin forwarded message:
> From: Roy Harvey <rmharvey at snet.net>
> Date: August 8, 2010 11:21:42 PM EDT
> To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
> Subject: [CT Birds] Possible Yellow Rail in Fairfield
> I received a response to my request for more information on the
> possible Yellow Rail sighting in Fairfield yesterday.
> Mimi Dekker wrote:
> Roy, I spotted the Yellow Rail, yesterday morning about 9:15 and on
> and off until about noon, at Oliver Nurseries, 1159 Bronson Road,
> Fairfield, CT.
> I work at the nursery. I was showing a colleague an area of the
> nursery and we saw the Yellow Rail on the ground in our alpine rock
> garden foraging like a little chicken. It ran under some shrubs, we
> got a good look at it and its distinguishing characteristics. Went
> online and looked it up, and confirmed when we went back out to the
> same area and heard the bird's call. It never took flight, only
> darted and ran around in a shady area of rock garden, then over to a
> very shady, moist mulch bed. It kept running under the stock shrubs
> in the nursery. When the sun took over this area, we no longer saw
> the bird. Someone thought he saw it later in the day again in the
> same proximity, but where it was now shaded.
> I passed that along to a few trusted advisers and Frank Mantlik
> spoke with Mimi briefly to get more details. He said "her
> description (including behavior) definitely sounded like a small,
> short-billed rail." He also said (if he heard correctly, he was
> driving when the call came in) that he could not rule out a juvenile
> Sora from the description, and that if Mimi saw it again on Monday
> she would call him.
> Roy Harvey
> Beacon Falls, CT
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