After not being seen in the area since last Sunday, our big pink friend returned to the marsh yesterday and we immediately noticed that he had suffered an injury. There are some fresh gashes around his throat and chest area. We suspect he got into it with someone (my guess would be a blue heron) and possibly got the worst part of the exchange.
Our concern was that the injuries would prevent him from catching food which could weaken him severely and lessen his chances for survival. But as we observed him for a while yesterday morning out in the salt marsh, he seemed to be able to feed, preen, and fly normally which was good news.
He did get along fine with all the other birds who were also out there going about their day doing the same things as spoonie.
Our hope is that the wounds will heal and he will have a full recovery from the injuries.
We are heading out shortly for low tide in the marsh to see if he is out there again and try to get an update on his condition and behavior.