Looks like a sora or clapper rail to me. It is a marsh bird. Are you near any wetlands?
Linda Gangi, Manahawkin NJ -------- Original message --------From: Jim Grieshaber <jgrieshaber44...> Date: 10/27/17 6:35 PM (GMT-05:00) To: <JERSEYBI...> Subject: [JERSEYBI] Identification Help Jersey Birders:
While walking in our neighborhood, my wife and I encountered this bird huddled against a retaining wall. It seems to be distressed in some way.
Is this a Snipe? Please provide identification assistance. Please excuse the poor quality photos; the lighting situation was very dim. I used my iPhone, as I do not have a flash unit (yet) for my Canon 6D.
I thought of attempting to contain it and contact the Raptor Trust tomorrow; however, I do not want to stress it more. On the other hand, I am concerned about predators and traffic (it is close to the road).