|Sora (Porzana carolina) [Image from an Internet source]|
Two years ago, a birder found a Sora on another of our grassland trails, but that bird was dead.
I have no idea why a fairly uncommon bird almost always associated with marshes would be found high and dry in the prairie-like grasslands we have established on parts of our preserve. Nor do I have any idea why these birds are in bad shape. It's great that they're here, but not if our preserve is acting as a "sink" in which the birds fall victim to predators or disease.