Joe Hogan Fish Hatchery 11/1/2008

I went there today around 11 AM in hopes that the thousands of shorebirds reported the other day would still be there. They were not. I did see some Gadwalls, Widgeons, and Shovelers there though. As I came around a pond on the eastern edge to get a better look at them, my wife and I spooked something small in the weeds at the edge of the water. It came up and right back down and all I could tell was that it was not big. I hung around and waited, eventually he decided to fly elsewhere and I got a good look in binoculars. I saw the body and thought “rail-like” then I saw the beak and realized “Sora!”. A new life bird for me! I heard the noises it made and those were similar to the recordings I’ve heard. That’s important because I also heard rustling and that noise at two other nearby spots. I can only confirm one Sora but I think there were at least three.

Species seen or heard:
• Killdeer
• Great Blue Heron
• Red-winged Blackbird
• Yellow-rumped Warbler
• House Sparrow
• Double-crested Cormorant
• Gadwall
• Northern Shoveler
• American Wigeon
• Carolina Chickadee
• Sora
• Great Egret
• Pied-billed Grebe

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