Clapper Rail Juvenile

We saw this young bird very close at hand at Bolsa Chica, a compact reserve on Route 1 in Huntington Beach in Orange County.  We spent the day in the area, also at Newport Back Bay and the San Joachin Wildlife Sanctuary in Irvine.  It was a marvelous day; we actually saw two rails at Bolsa Chica--it's rare enough just to see one.

Next day edit:  We have realized that this California subspecies of the clapper rail has recently been upgraded to a full species, called  Ridgeway's Rail  (Rallus obsoletus).  I'll not change the title of the blip, to reduce potential confusion.

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