The following photos have been submitted recently to the SitkaBirds e-mail list, but were too large to pass through to the whole list.
Date: Wed, 20 Apr 2011 22:20:31 -0800
Subject: tailless birds
From: Darlene Dehlin
Occasionally over the last few weeks there has been a song sparrow without a tail in our yard (3400 block HPR). A couple of photos are attached.
Earlier this winter we also had an Oregon junco without a tail. Has anyone else seen these or other birds without tails? Any thoughts on why these birds are missing a tail? It doesn’t seem to affect their flight, or ability to feed.