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Got a chance to snap some shots of her (?) today and when I got home I looked at the shots of her spreading her wings.  I was going to delete as they went off the side of the pic (zooms arent always the answer) when I saw what appears as an old or festering injury under the left wing.  I am in no way an expert but an injury at such a place would seem to make it possible for her to fly short distances but still have a week wing so long flights are out of the question.  I have many shots of her picking under her left wing and cleaning that area.
 
Other shot is of a snail of all things she is finding in the pool next to the parking lot.
 
Here are the shots.  http://clark-creighton.smugmug.com/Other/calender-1/11033901_VW4um#771836150_PipSz
 
Also curious do they ever tag sandhills?  would love to know what happens to her eventually
 
Good Birding
 
Clark Creighton
Wildwood MO


      

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