I don’t think I have ever seen a Sora walking out in the open. Their laterally compressed bodies help them slide through thick marsh vegetation. Their long toes, however, are certainly adapted for strolling on lily pads. Melvin and Gibbs (2012) do not mention lily pads, but do report wintering Sora’s in wet pastures and overgrown fields. Last March, Erika and I found this bird at St Marks National Wildlife Refuge.