I wasn’t sure what I was going to write about in today’s blogpost, but while I was at the park it came to me. Literally. A bird came to me & I’m going to write about him!
I have several local parks that I like to visit regularly. They are all different. For some I like to go on trails, bring my dogs, get exercise. Others I like to swing on the swings, sit on a bench, take in the scenery. The park I went to today has a great view of the sunset & also has a ton of birds which I like to say “hello” to. Six months ago, when my blog was brand spankin’ new, I posted a PSA about why an act that’s meant to be kind; feeding birds/ducks/etc is actually very bad for said water fowl. The blog post can be found HERE. It goes into great detail on why feeding birds/ducks is detrimental to their lifestyle, & heath. It even goes on to explain the negative effects it can have on our environment & other ecosystems. I would really appreciate it if you give it a read!
Today as I was taking photos at the park, I noticed one bird in particular who walked right up to me. I immediately noticed his left wing. I knew right away that he had/has angel wing. Angel wing is one of the negative health ailments water fowl can have that’s caused by a poor diet. I touched on angel wing in my original PSA that I mentioned above. I will touch on that one again right here right now. Angel wing is characterized by the last joint in one or both wings unnaturally twisting outward as opposed to laying flat against the birds body. Birds with angel wing are unable to fly, which is more than just a mode of transportation for them, it is their main method of defense. Angel wing almost always lessens the affected bird’s lifespan. It can affect one or both wings. As you’ll see in the photo below, this little guy has one wing affected. According to google, for reasons unknown, when only one wing is affected, it is almost always the left.
Seeing this guy absolutely broke my heart. It’s a permanent disability. There is no fixing it. I knew that this guy had to live with this disability forever. I knew that it had to be affecting him negatively & that killed me. I also knew that the people who fed him bread & whatnot for who knows how many months or years did so with good intention. Little kids feeding bread to him, laughing, like “look at this cute animal mommy/daddy”. They learned to feed bread to the birds from their parents who learned from theirs & so on. I too used to feed bread to birds. I didn’t know there was anything wrong with it. Once I learned I immediately stopped & have since mentioned it at all given opportunities. Not enough people know the harm that feeding water fowl can do & I feel it is very important that I educate as many people as I can. And now that you know, I hope you feel it’s important to do the same. LIVES LITERALLY DEPEND ON IT!