The last few days I got many visits of birds such as Red-winged Blackbirds, Blue Jays, Brown-headed Cowbirds and Common Grackles and others.
While shooting pictures of these birds I noticed a particular one, a Common Grackle that got my attention because it was actually limping… it had a damaged leg!. Most likely it had a broken leg that has healed but was set wrong and now that leg is not working properly.
Looking at this bird with a disable leg was sad for me, besides, there’s nothing I could have done to make it better. Incredibly so, the grackle managed to handle all situations and was very active just using one leg. It’s amazing how well they can adapt to the circumstances and keep living their normal life. Even when this bird seems to be doing alright despite the damaged leg, I feel sorry and sad for the little creature… I can’t help it.
Text and photographs © HJ Ruiz – Avian101