A crake found dead at Aberdyfi in 1932 was initially identified as a Baillon's crake, then labelled a spotted crake and, thanks to its appearance at a Christmas quiz, it has now been added to the Welsh list as a sora rail
from North America
The Sora Rail
would normally be flying over the southern part of America, which is much warmer than Britain.
Hundreds of bird watchers are flocking to a country park to spot a rare North American wading bird, the sora rail
When Aaron handed me a dead sora rail
, I couldn't believe you could hit something so small, or that there was anything to eat on such a bird.
Those who hunt them with a passion refer to them as*marsh hens, but old-timers call only the bantam-sized kings and clappers by that name, refusing to shoot the sparrow-sized Virginia and sora rails
We went on to shoot tiny Sora rails
with 28-gauge steel shot.
Airboating on 19 nights - two thwarted by mechanical problems - at 17 sites throughout the state, the MassWildlife team of waterfowl biologists, led by H Heusmann, banded only 706 birds: 510 wood ducks, 121 mallards, 39 blue-winged teal, 27 green-winged teal, 4 black ducks, 3 sora rails
, 1 mallard-black duck hybrid and 1 northern pintail.