Sora, Centennial Marsh, Camas Prairie, Idaho

Sora Sighting


WC has written about Sora before, and the difficulties of photographing them. Sora are rails, a clade of birds that are famously secretive. Sora are probably the most widely distributed of the North American rails. You hear them much, much more often than you see them. The Sora takes its name from one of its…

Yellow-breasted Chat, Blacks Creek, Idaho

A Road Trip to Prairie


It’s not a prairie; it’s another victim of Idahoans’ tendency to name any modest-sized, nearly flat spot a “prairie.” In fact, Prairie is in the middle of Smith’s Prairie, a volcanic caldera, the same caldera that is believed to have produced the basalt flows that dammed the South Fork of the Boise River. The “prairie”…