Possible Clapper Rails near Santa Ana River
Today I brought my husband (camera in tow) back down to the Santa Ana River bike path
leading from Talbert Nature Reserve to the beach, in hopes of spotting the Reddish Egret I
saw on Thursday. The tide was high, so he/she wasn't in, but further down towards the
beach, we spotted what we're pretty sure is a Clapper Rail in the reeds of the lagoon on the
south side of the bike path. I've posted two photos in the Miscellaneous folder.
We've seen Clapper Rails several times in the Upper Newport Back Bay, but never here, so this
was a fun surprise.
We continued walking down the path to the beach, then crossed the river and hung out for a
bit by the Least Tern nesting area on the north bank of the river mouth. We saw a large
number of Least Terns, as well as several Snowy Plovers and Black-Bellied Plovers.