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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Sora at LSCMP

[Lake St.Clair Metropark, MI. April 2013]

A cooperative Sora (aka the Carolina Crake) enthralled the observer by giving several good views at Lake St. Clair Metropark.

This small crake is our most common rail and is widely distributed across the country.

Famous for its "whinny" call, the range map for the Sora covers all of North America.

A wetland specialist, these rallids are secretive and rarely seen.

Cryptically plumaged in brown, grey and black, the Sora Rail blends in perfectly with cattails and marshy vegetation.

Elsewhere, the usual common species were seen with the sole highlights being a pair of courting Forster's Terns and a lone Belted Kingfisher.

Belted Kingfisher

The familiar species of the area were also observed:

American Coot
Northern Cardinal

Great Horned Owl

Brown-headed Cowbird

An icterid notorious for its devastating habit of laying its eggs in other birds' nests ("brood parasitism") -- this, and its expanding range have contributed negatively to populations of other species. This is an especially well recognized contributor in the decline of the Kirtland's Warbler population.

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