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Thread subject: Update on Lady Marge :)
Name Date Message
Anne UK1 06/30/10 05:27 pm Apparently this amazing bird went fishing today. I found the video on youtube - Video

I have a question. She lost a talon a few weeks back - will it re-grow like our nails do?
martyc35 06/30/10 06:05 pm Oh, that's a wonderful video, and thanks for that. I was watching their cam this morning, and it was so quiet I thought I had the sound off until one of those nasty flies or mosquitos buzzed the mic and startled me.

I have no idea about the talon, I'm afraid. Perhaps someone else will know.
marty
FOB Webmaster 06/30/10 07:38 pm A Tri-State Bird Rescue volunteer I know just told me she believes the talon will grow back
Anne UK1 07/01/10 03:12 am Thanks Lisa. It looks as if fishing won't be a problem for her anyway, but it's got to be better to have all talons in place if possible.
Celeste 07/01/10 05:37 am Marge's story is definitely one for the books. Amazing! I started googling talons and growth, and the only thing I found in several places was the following...
"Bird’s feet have claws that grow continuously and are worn away through daily activity. Claws are usually called talons when referring to birds of prey such as owls, eagles and hawks".
In looking for talon info, I also came across this notation about the word fledge and found the following Quote in the article interesting....
"Fledge is a verb that means to develop feathers large enough for flight. It doesn’t mean to fly for the first time but I learned the incorrect meaning long ago from other amateur peregrine watchers. I imagine the meaning changed in this way"
"1. When people started to watch young peregrines fly for the first time they called it a “Fledgling Watch.”
" 2. But “Fledgling Watch” is harder to say than “Fledge Watch” so the name changed."
"3. And because the purpose of a Fledge Watch is to watch the birds fly for the first time, “fledge” began to mean “fly for the first time.”

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