I wanted to "clap" when I thought I found a Clapper Rail. I wasn't sure how to "ridg" after finding a Ridgway's Rail, but when I made my first verbal attempt at the name it came out as "Ridgway's Wail". It suddenly sounded like a tongue twister. Try saying Ridgway's Rail quickly three times. Hopefully you do better than I did. Fortunately for me the bird was not hiding in the reeds like most rails when I came upon it so I enjoyed very clear observations of its foraging and preening behaviors.
|Ridgway's Rail Fluffing Feathers in Orange County, CA|
The images below were captured while the rail was preening and stretching below a foot bridge in early morning light.
|Ridgway's Rail in Morning Light in Orange County, CA|
|Ridgway's Rail Stretching in the Early Morning Sun of Orange County, CA|
It was nice to add a new species to my life list with such an obliging bird. These rails spend most of their lives out of human sight as they live, forage, and nest in dense grassy marshes.