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Porzana carolina


This sora would not come out in the open so I could get a picture. It is a small, secretive bird of freshwater marshes. The sora is the most common and widely distributed rail in North America. Its descending whinny call can be easily heard from the depths of the cattails, but actually seeing the little marsh-walker is much more difficult. It has a triangular body shape, with deep rear end, slate gray body. Has a short, yellow bill. Strong legs. Short tail, often held upright showing white underneath. Black face and bib.


This sora was spotted along a mountain stream shoreline in the Grand Teton National park in Wyoming.

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Jackson Hole, Wyoming, USA

Spotted on Aug 10, 2015
Submitted on Aug 10, 2015

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