Currently I’m At 163 Birds For 2020

Currently I’m At 163 Birds For 2020

February hasn’t been so good for finding new birds for me… though I haven’t gone off to any new birding areas since January.

I did see 7 new birds in February so far…

Today I went back to a pond area that I’ve been walking around for the past couple of weeks. People list on E-bird the birds that they have seen there and I just keep going back and continue to try to find these birds… after walking around for about an hour today I was starting to think that the person who thought that they saw a Sora was just confused and probably just saw the Virginia Rail (which I did see there this week)…

But just when I decided that I wasn’t going to find any new birds today and told myself to just enjoy the walk and sunshine, I heard it… I heard the call of the Sora! They have a very distinctive call, but it wasn’t where I had been looking at all. I had been looking in the reeds along the edge of the ponds, but this Sora was actually off behind the path in some reeds in a low wetlands area…

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I would love to show you a photo of the Virginia Rail that I saw this week, but I have yet to get a photo of one, though I have seen them a few times. They are similar in size to the Sora, but have a longer bill and seem to blend into their surrounds a bit better… there was one time that I was actually staring at a mother Virginia Rail and her chick just below a platform that I was standing on and I wasn’t able to focus my eyes on them!!! My brother kept saying, “Do you see them, do you see them, they are right there below us!” Nooooooo, I never could say that I saw them that day!

After seeing the Sora today, I continued on my walk, content to have found one bird… then off to my side, a bit of yellow fluttered around in a small tree. I took a good long look and even got a few photos of a Wilson’s Warbler.

Finally, at the last pond on the walk, I worked the shoreline with my binoculars, searching for the one Common Gallinule that someone had claimed to have seen there… the Gallinule looks a lot like the American Coot (which there were probably about 100 of in the ponds today)! I think I looked at everyone of them!  At last, I picked up on a bit of red across the pond, hiding under some low branches, there he was, the one and only (at least at these ponds), the Common Gallinule!

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Below is the American Coot, they are a bit chunkier and have a white bill.

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So in the end I added 3 more birds today, not bad for a short walk around a few ponds! 🙂

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