As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Friday, 15 August 2014

Public feeds 'angel wing' deformity, scientists say

Josh Brown,
joshbrown@tennessean.com7:21 p.m. CDT August 11, 2014

Cathy Westerman had been going to the boat ramp at Mallard Point in Hendersonville for years before she noticed it.

Two geese among the many congregating at the popular park last month were a little different. Their wings looked mangled and jetted away awkwardly from their bodies.

The birds were afflicted with "angel wings," a condition long associated with waterfowl that spend time in public parks where people can feed them.

Scientists over the years have hypothesized that the condition is caused by poor nutrition and have not-so-subtly pointed fingers at people who feed the birds.

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