« Fall Blackpoll Warblers | Main | Blue Jay Stink Eye »

February 06, 2014


Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

The Zen Birdfeeder

Robert, injured birds are at a definite disadvantage but they are troupers. As a follow-up, in the summer of 2014, not only did bad-leg chickadee visit our yard, get this: she raised a family!!!! Unfortunately by the next winter (2014-15) I didn't see her anymore but she was ONE AMAZING BIRD!!!1

Robert Maurice

Hi , I am so heartened to see your words about the "bad Legged chickadee". I found one today . He was clinging to the suet feeder and has "bounced" from one feeder to another. Of course he has to relinquish the feeder to any other chickadee , nuthatch or titmouse that comes along but he's so far doing pretty well aside from occasionally almost tipping over and landings are tricky . His flying is not at full speed since he has to land with one leg. I know I am preaching to the choir since you have already seen it. Its breaking my heart but all I can do is give him food or make it available. I wanted to give him peanut butter for extra fat but I am afraid that it may get caught in his wings or good foot. I guess all I can do is keep feed out for him. It seems to be warming up after some really cold nights so that is a positive. Thanks for your article. It gave me hope. Rob Maurice , Richmond , Va

The Zen Birdfeeder

I agree it's sad Joanne. Hopefully it will carry on like my bad leg chickadee did - she raised a family the next summer then disappeared in the fall for the last time. Birds generally have very short life spans and dangers abound.


I had a chickadee today hit into the window and I saw that something was wrong with it's leg. It was all crumpled up and it let me pick it up and hold it until it eventually flew away. I am saddened to read this post because now I know it will be at a disadvantage....

The Zen Birdfeeder

Elaine, too bad. :(
Good news here though, Bad Leg Chickadee is still around as of 2/24/14.

Elaine Snow

Unfortunately, we haven't seen him again after the snow.....

The Zen Birdfeeder

Good luck with your raggedy little bird, Elaine.
Susan, the good news is I saw my little bad-leg chickadee today so he's still hangin' in there!

Susan Fassett

That is breaking my heart. I hope it is a temporary injury. Keep your bark butter and suet feeders full also.

Elaine Sow

We have three inches of snow in Birmingham and we've had a little bird with no tail and missing an eye hanging around at our back door, almost like he wants to come in. I can't even tell what he is. He flies, and eats at the feeder, but like you, I know his chances aren't good. It makes me sad. I have a sweet picture of him but can't put it here.

The Zen Birdfeeder

Thanks Linda!


Awwww.....poor sweetie. Lovely photos.

The comments to this entry are closed.

My Photo

Nancy Castillo

Fledged Button 062315 307x256

Become a Fan

WBU Sites


  • Our eyes and ears should be open and alert to the natural wonders that surround us every day. Take time to look out our windows to see the birds that visit us and open our windows to hear them. Walk around whatever space we have to enjoy the birds in nature. Every day, work on improving our powers of observation.


  • Nature happens. We cannot MAKE natural things happen (or NOT happen). We can create habitats to encourage natural things to happen around us, but there are no guarantees.


  • Birdfeeding comes with responsibilities to the birds and the environment we share with them. If you are unwilling to accept these responsibilities, you shouldn’t feed the birds. We also have a responsibility to share these natural wonders with the next generation.