On July 7, 2013 (which just happens to be this writer’s birthday), a rare bird appeared for the first time ever in the United States and best of all, appeared in our neck of the woods. On that day, a young birder was shooting a video of a least bittern at the Bosque del Apache Wildlife Refuge near Socorro, NM and at the end of the video a Rufous-Necked Wood Rail appeared. This bird is found in South America and parts of Mexico.
Great excitement in the birding world ensued and visitors from all over the country came to get a glimpse of this rare visitor. The bird cooperated by staying over a week and usually in a spot that was easily accessible to the viewers.
Stay tuned for a longer post about the wood rail with photos taken during its visit. We wonder if this bird heard that the rufous (hummingbirds) were returning to New Mexico this time of year and got confused. And even more interesting? Where will it go next?