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Year of the Sora

Someone asked on Twitter if this was the year of the sora because the seem to be EVERYWHERE.

This is a sora that was very cooperative at the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge.  I took this before I left for Horicon. I was walking by the Bass Ponds and I could hear several soras when I noticed this bird out and about in the open, not skulking among the vegetation like most soras do.

Here is where the sora was in relation to my scope.  Here’s what the sora sounds like.  Here are some more calls on the Cornell All About Birds page.

Horicon Marsh was loaded with them too.  I didn’t get any photos of the little water chicken, but I heard them every stop I made that had any sore of marsh.  Right now I’m in Utah for the Great Salt Lake Bird Festival.  When I arrived, I went straight from the airport for some birding at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge and it was sora city there as well.  I don’t remember hearing so many soras all the time–I’ll take it.  Must mean they found some great breeding habitat and great places to over winter the last few years.

They eat vegetation and invertebrates.  This bird was too fast for me to capture it, but I watched it down a few small snails including shell.  I wondered if this was a female, snail shells provide calcium for egg laying.

Those these birds are timid, the curve of the beak always gives them a contented look.

Keep your eyes and ears open for these mysterious little water chickens.







5 comments to Year of the Sora

  • Betty

    I hope you realize how important you are to the people who follow your blog. Your info is interesting, and your pictures are wonderful. Thank you so much for your time.

  • That’s amazing! I’ve never gotten an unobstructed view of the soras. She looks like a doll with those big brown eyes.

  • Considering the number of rails I saw and heard yesterday (including a clapper rail crossing the road), plus the purple gallinule we had in MD a couple of weeks ago, I’m wondering if “Year of the Gruiformes” might be more apt. Not as catchy, I know. “Railapalooza” maybe?

  • I wonder if Birdorable should do a shirt: “Year of the Gruiformes!”

  • Lorrene

    The best look I ever got of a Sora was in the most unusual of places – in my herb garden, behind the basil, at my house a mile from downtown St. Paul! I think we were both surprised by the other.