Friday, April 19, 2019


A hard-to-see Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge bird, a Sora, taken on 15 April 2019. This was another species pointed out to us by fellow birders, this time a group of a dozen middle school students being led by an enthusiastic guide. All had cell phones that they were using to identify what they saw. The students seemed excited by seeing the Sora and successful at identifying it.

Soras, like other rails, have laterally compressed bodies to facilitate their skulking through marsh plants. Rails are a well-defined family of birds within the order Gruiformes. As such, they related to cranes and other crane-like species. Overall, the Gruiformes, however, are recognized as a poorly understood taxonomic grouping.

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