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.
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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