A dead Sora found 24 August on the 10th Street pedestrian bridge marks the 101st species for the campus environs of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
The carcass was on the northern part of the bridge over the train tracks, on the walkway. There is a ca. four foot fence on each side, constructed of piping and chain link fence.
The occurrence of the bird was first noted by a passing pedestrian, and then reported. The demise of the bird had taken place overnight, as it was not present the previous day.
In the industrial area where the Sora occurred, there was a temporary pool of water from very recent heavy rains (shown in the photo, taken from the bridge to the west). The water extended to the east, beneath the walkway, and a short distance westward.
It is possible the Sora was flying in to land at the water when it got between the fencing. It may have also been at the spot and just died a natural death. It is uncertain since there was no witness.
The bird specimen provided a unique opportunity to study up close the plumage and feather colorations of the waterbird with its rich and brown tones and textures.