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      Found a baby bird or a sick or injured bird?   07/11/17

      Here is a short article with advice for what to do if you find a baby bird or one that appears to be sick or injured. Bird rescue article Please feel free to post here if you have questions or need more help.
Usha

Please ID this shorebird with one leg

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Usha    340

Please ID this shorebird with only one leg, seen in maricopa county today

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BigOly    2455

My first thought is Long-billed Dowitcher.  Many, many birds rest standing on one leg giving the appearance of having only one.

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Usha    340
4 minutes ago, BigOly said:

My first thought is Long-billed Dowitcher.  Many, many birds rest standing on one leg giving the appearance of having only one.

Thanq. Here is another photo. It was hopping only one leg. I felt very bad.

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HamRHead    1071

My thought was Long-billed Dowitcher, too, but I'm far from an expert. Some other members have a lot more expertise on these birds including @Sean C.

I once saw a Great Black-backed Gull with one leg. It did not stand much. Whenever it landed, it just sat down.

 

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BigOly    2455

I have a photo buried somewhere that I took in Oaxca Mex.  that shows an entire flock (maybe 20 birds) of Dowitchers all standing on one leg, all on the same leg as well, with their heads tucked in for sleepy time.

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Usha    340
31 minutes ago, BigOly said:

I have a photo buried somewhere that I took in Oaxca Mex.  that shows an entire flock (maybe 20 birds) of Dowitchers all standing on one leg, all on the same leg as well, with their heads tucked in for sleepy time.

That must have made a great photo.

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Usha    340
26 minutes ago, The Bird Nuts said:

If it was hopping on one leg, the other leg probably isn't there... :(

It was sad to see.

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Usha    340
5 minutes ago, Sean C. said:

the photos are not opening for me

I had to delete for space. Here it is.

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Shyanni    622

Looks like a Dowitcher to me too.

I once saw a Sanderling hopping around on one leg. It seemed to have not much difficulty keeping up with the flock. On the other hand, I once saw a Robin with a leg dangling backwards, completely severed but still attached by a bit of skin. Poor thing didn't look well either.

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Usha    340
2 hours ago, Sean C. said:

Long-billed Dowitcher

Thanq

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Usha    340
3 hours ago, Shyanni said:

Looks like a Dowitcher to me too.

I once saw a Sanderling hopping around on one leg. It seemed to have not much difficulty keeping up with the flock. On the other hand, I once saw a Robin with a leg dangling backwards, completely severed but still attached by a bit of skin. Poor thing didn't look well either.

Thanq for the ID and for sharing your story. As long as the bird is healthy, I guess they somehow manage it. 

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BigOly    2455

 

A flock of one-legged Willets from San Blas, Mx. 36306154200_547a828edf_b.jpg

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