Sora

Sora

The late Spring and lots of traveling left the old homestead in desperate need of some tender loving care so Friday, Saturday and Sunday were dedicated to yard work; putting in window screens and just a little relaxing.  

Finally after dinner on Sunday evening I snuck over to great Salt Bay in Damariscotta to try and get the Marsh Wren and Olive-sided Flycatchers being seen their recently.

As expected I was greeted by chattering of Bobolinks and quite a few Yellow Warblers.

Upon arriving at the pond I quickly heard the Marsh Wren (although it had some competition from Grey Bull Frogs who can be deafening at sunset) and got some photos.

Marsh Wren

I then made the climb up and around the pond to the opposite side where I had picked up an Olive-sided Flycatcher last fall when two Rails flew up out of the reeds flew for a few seconds and then dropped back down.  No time for binoculars, much less the camera, but I’m pretty certain they were Virginia Rails . . . lifers.

I retraced my steps to the Marsh Wren location where I could get a good binocular scan on the Rails . . . but never could get a fix on them again.  A few times I thought I saw something moving in the reeds but nothing emerged.  I decided that not to put the Virginia Rails on my life list yet . . . maybe I’ll get them for real tomorrow.

As I was about to leave I heard I heard something calling from the reeds not 20 feet away.  I recorded the sound and ran it through Song Sleuth . . . and it was a Sora . . . a secretive bird that Ingrid and I had only seen once before (four years ago on a restricted Island run by the National Audubon).

For the next 35 minutes I stood in place and waited for the Sora to come out and my patience was rewarded.  I got some nice photos of a male or female collecting nesting material.

Sora

Two FOY birds and and an uncounted lifer . . . not a bad Sunday evening.

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