Phalarope Incident!

I was walking home from an afternoon of birding on July 30th when I saw a small bird run out on the road. Something looked wrong, so I walked closer, and it ran into the tall grass, were it stopped moving.

I picked it up very gently, and saw that it was a Red-necked Phalarope with an injured right wing. Just speculating, but I think it had a minor collision with a vehicle. I observed it for a while and then took it to the nearby slough where it probably was arriving or departing before it had its incident. I put the bird near the slough, and it ran into the water and swam away, glad to get away from me.

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I didn’t know until that day that phalaropes have lobed toes similar to American Coots,

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