[Tweeters] Injured grosbeak

Tucker, Trileigh TRI at seattleu.edu
Fri Aug 29 11:29:55 PDT 2014

Hi Tweets,

Being almost finished with our move into a new home in West Seattle, I was thrilled this morning to see a female Black-headed Grosbeak arrive at the lilac bushes, then descend to the suet feeder. But on examining my photos, I was anguished to see that she is severely injured, with her upper mandible apparently torn off. The injury seems recent but not immediately fresh, and she seems to be flying fine. (I am willing to share photos if anyone’s interested, but am not posting them for obvious reasons.)

Is there any type of food I can provide for her to help her in this state? There is fresh water provided nearby. I am thinking that she simply cannot survive with this injury, but if there’s something I can do to ease her way, I’d like to.

Thanks much,

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Trileigh Tucker
Lincoln Park, West Seattle
Natural history website: naturalpresencearts.com<naturalpresence.wordpress.com>
Photography: flickr.com/photos/trileigh

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