CLOSED: juvenile American Coot?

mid central, FL(Zone 9a)

sorry this picture is of a dead bird. it hit a power line along our road front. it has a white beak but no red coloring or white shield above the beak.

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Pueblo, CO(Zone 5b)

Yes, poor Thing. Juveniles go through a gray phase where they don't look like coots, but the toes are American Coot toes.

Northumberland, United Kingdom(Zone 9a)

Yep, ditto.

Yet another example of why power lines should really be underground.

Resin

mid central, FL(Zone 9a)

thank you and i agree whole-heartedly about the power lines. this is the third bird i've found under the lines...a Great Blue Heron and a Grebe ( http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1056295/ ). i can't even imagine how many thousands must die each year.

Pueblo, CO(Zone 5b)

I have heard that touching on one line won't electrocute someone - that you have to touch two lines. A birds wingspan might do this. However, if you are getting a lot of birds under one particular part of the lines, I would call the power company. It sounds like a short or something that they ought to deal with anyway.

mid central, FL(Zone 9a)

no, it's not a short. these lines are very high and all three birds had broken wings. they actually hit the line. i think you can see the contact point in my first picture. these wouldn't be the kind of birds who sit on the lines like doves, etc. the birds who do sit on them aren't harmed in any way.

Northumberland, United Kingdom(Zone 9a)

Yep, it's the collision, not the electricity, that kills them. If they hit a twig on a tree, the twig is flexible enough that the bird woudn't be harmed, but a taught wire is another matter altogether. Conversely, a twig thick enough to be rigid would be more easily visible, and be avoided.

Resin

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