Nub leg Crow

Look close - this crow has only one foot
Look close – this crow has only one foot

Today walking in the alley behind the Barton Pea Patch I fed some crows peanuts.  Then this guy came whizzing by and landed on the bird bath.   I thought he was one of my peanut recipients.  But no… he had bread and to my surprise he was missing a foot.

This is the fourth bird in my area that is gimpy.  I love these guys for two reasons.  One my baby crow Ellie ended up with a bad leg.  Second, this is one way I can tell crows apart; gimpy legs, banded birds, crooked beaks or discolored feathers.

By documenting my identifiable crows I can tell how long they live and what their territories encompass.  Now that I have seen “nubbie” I will be back to get better pictures and document his life.


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