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May 29, 2010---Does one of the birds have an injured foot?

May 29, 2010---Does one of the birds have an injured foot?

Credit: sallinger

Red-tail nestling gripping railing with both feet (5-29-10 830 pm)

by Bob Sallinger

kgw.com

Posted on May 29, 2010 at 8:57 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 29 at 7:09 PM

There have been lots of comments in recent days about whether one of the nestlings has an injured foot. One does appear more wobbly than the other...

Tonight I watched one of the birds perch on the railing for quite some time while standing only on her left leg. She had the other leg tucked up close to her body. It is not uncommon for hawks to perch on one leg, but when she extended her right leg she let it droop over the railing rather than gripping it with her talons. She seemed to hold it in an awkward manner. Just when I was about to conclude that perhaps she did indeed have an injured leg, she tucked it back up  and then put it down square on the railing and clearly gripped it with both feet. The following picture was taken at that time.

 

A few minutes later she was jointed by her sibling and both birds perched on two feet....

 

 

 

And then a few minutes later they both went back to one foot...

 

 

Finally the first bird jumped down to the nest and clearly walked around using both feet well while her sibling remained perched on one foot on the railing...

 

 

So the jury is still out. If I had to guess I would say the first bird is favoring her right leg to some degree but is able to grip, perch and walk around using both legs.

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