August 09, 2013

Tongue tied

Tongue tied by ricmcarthur
Tongue tied, a photo by ricmcarthur on Flickr.
An immature Baltimore oriole managed to get tangled in the mesh back containing grapes.
At first I thought its foot was caught, that happens occasionally and they normally get themselves free.
This one had its tongue caught and its foot.
It took a few minutes to get the bird and the feeder off the pole which gave Anne an opportunity to get a camera.

I held the bird while Anne used small scissors to cut the mesh away.
It flew off, apparently no worse for the experience.
Probably it won't eat grapes for the rest of its life.
Icterus galbula.

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