porzana (crake) carolina (of Carolina)
Monday, April 21, 1980 — 12:00 noon
Northbrook, Illinois — golf course behind Moody Distribution
I was only wearing one contact this day. I think I lost the other one the day before at Baker’s Lake. I went out with Dave at lunch anyway. We walked across a small field, over some railroad tracks (I think), across a road and on to the golf course.
We were walking along the edge of a small pond in the center of the course. I saw this bird flush from a thin strip of reeds and fly about ten feet to another small strip. I followed, stepping up on a log to get a better view. The Sora scooted through the reeds and stood in the open for a few seconds, but I didn’t get a real good look. Besides having blurred vision, I was falling backward of the log. I picked myself up and looked again, but the Sora was gone. The strip of reeds was about two feet wide and ten feet long, but that was big enough for the bird to hide in. We searched and searched, but we couldn’t see the Sora.
I went back after work to try again. As I approached the strip of reeds, the Sora flushed and headed out across the pond away from us. It ran across the surface with its feet dangling, splashing the surface as it went. About 25 feet from shore, it disappeared under the water. We circled the pond for another half hour, but the bird was not to be found.