I'm a geneticist by training, so of course I think it was born that way.  When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.  In defense of that view, though, Mike Grant pointed out that it's also missing all the claws from the toes on its right foot. 

-Allen Gathman
Pocahontas, MO

On Thu, Nov 9, 2017 at 9:32 AM, Scott Miller <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Is that caused from an injury or born like that?

Scott Miller

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> On Nov 8, 2017, at 1:17 PM, Allen Gathman <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> I was at Apple Creek (cape Girardeau County) this morning, and I just
> thought it was nice that a Field Sparrow was being so cooperative about
> getting its picture taken.  Then I got home and looked more closely, only
> to find I'd photographed the extremely rare Field Crossbill.
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/a

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