Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Clean as a Rail

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

I believe I have discovered the secret of how the light-footed clapper rail keeps its feet so clean. After all, if you made your living striding around in the marsh mud, do you think you could live up to the name "light-footed?"

This sub-species of the clapper rail is found along the Pacific Coast of southern California, south of Los Angeles. It is critically endangered due to a number of factors: habitat loss, increased predation, rising ocean levels, and the effects of pesticides. Efforts to help the species to recover have been fairly successful where there is enough appropriate habitat.

Our "Birds Along the Border" field trip at the San Diego Bird Festival encountered this bird in the salt marshes in a park along San Diego Bay. A handful of us lingered to watch this bird after the rest of the group headed back to the bus and we were rewarded with a nice long view of the rail taking a bath.


On March 18, 2010 at 4:38 AM seminar projects said...


its very interesting

On March 18, 2010 at 9:00 PM Dave said...

The San Diego bird fest is great!
We saw a Clapper Rail...then another...then another one swimming along the river.
What a cool place to visit!