The one-legged birdApril 18, 2012
Look carefullyall city birds are not as generic as they may appear. Sometimes, you can spot one hobbling on a stump, limping as it pecks at crumbs on the sidewalk. Once, I saw one balanced on a lone stem so slight it seemed impossible it managed to keep from toppling.
Perhaps many birds lose a leg, a clawperhaps both. We never see the ones that can’t adapt to disabilitythey disappear behind trash bins, in alleys.
But the strong ones learn new skills. The one-legged bird needs to know how to land safely every once in awhile.