A secretive bird of the fresh water marsh, the Sora is seldom seen, but often heard, its whistles and whinnies making its presence known.
Spending most of its time hidden deep within the cattails and rushes of the marsh, it is an opportunistic feeder, eating seeds, insects, snails and other aquatic invertebrates.
Jenney and I were lucky to spot this one in the open at Whitewater Draw in McNeal, AZ. We have caught glimpses of the shy birds before as they stepped from the edges of cover, only to quickly return to the reeds and disappear. But even out in the open the perfection of their feather design keeps them beautifully concealed.