An encounter with an injured bird last weekend gave me a glimpse into the ultimate risk management—the fight for survival.
On Saturday morning, when checking out our six inches of new-fallen snow through the window, I spotted a large American Crow nibbling at a suet cake at the bird feeding station. Closer inspection showed that something was wrong. The crow’s right wing was not only badly damaged, but hanging so low it made movement through the branches of the tree difficult. The bird appeared healthy otherwise, retreating to a nearby bush for protection and cover after eating.