Between some rainy weather and being committed to various other activities (shopping, doing up the holiday cards, etc.), I can't say that I have much exciting news to relate about this past weekend's FeederWatch session. Bird traffic remained pretty steady.
I did see one thing that struck me as odd, though. This Carolina Wren was hopping around on the deck early Saturday morning, but it was hopping in a strange way. It almost looked as if it had no legs. It looked like it was hopping about on its tummy. I even saw it fidget sideways a bit to fluff out some feathers, and still saw no legs. This is not possible, is it? For a bird to have no legs and survive? I'm sure there must be an explanation for what I saw, one that involves the bird still having its legs. Unfortunately I was only able to get one photo of the bird "sitting" on the deck. It eventually hopped away, once again seemingly on it's stomach, to a spot where I was no longer able to see it. Later in the day I saw a Carolina Wren hanging on the suet feeder, in a perfectly normal fashion with perfectly normal-looking feet and legs.
Here I cropped in on the bird a bit more. It was only 12 degrees outside, so maybe it just had its feathers super fluffed out to keep warm. I don't know, though. Something was fishy about that bird. I will be keeping my eye out for future glimpses of such strange happenings.
We had some pretty steady rain Sunday morning. The squirrels got quite wet. I felt bad for them.
Feederwatch tally of highest number of individuals counted from 12/12-12/13:
As always, happy birding!