VIDEO UPDATE: #Petaluma Resident Rescues Rare Aquatic Chick The Size of a Cotton Ball

Update: August 19, 2014 - from International Bird Rescue - Video - Feeding time for a rare Black Rail chick.


Click here for more information on the International Bird Rescue Site.  This is a photo of what an adult Black Rail looks like.  I have never seen one before.

An adult black rail. © Stephen E. Kacir
An adult black rail. © Stephen E. Kacir


Original Story.

The Black Rail chick is seen at the International Bird Rescue, left, and in the hand of Dione Rochelle when she found it, right. International Bird Rescue Isabel Luevano / Dione Rochelle.

Dione Rochelle probably had no idea what was in store for her on her walk at Shollenberger Park. In the middle of the path she found a rare aquatic shore baby chick. The baby chick is as small as a cotton ball and looks like a small puff of black fur but will grow to the size of a Sparrow.

According to the KSBW article, the Black Rail are hardly found and an threatened species. The bird was transferred to the Internation Bird Rescue’s San Francisco Bay Center and placed in an incubator.

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