22 May 2015




This morning WC was the prime beneficiary of a flounder. This is the first time that we have seen WC with a full crop as the pictures above show. The crop is a special organ that swells at the base of the esophagus that forms a storage space for food to be digested later. The crop allows the chick to swallow as much fish as possible and enable it to go longer between feedings. Crops also store indigestible fish items such as bones and scales, which will eventually form into pellets and be regurgitated.

2 comments:

birdgirl said...

Sounds like good news. Let's hope it keeps up! Thanks for the photos -- they are encouraging.

Vivian, GA

Anonymous said...

Many thanks for the great news!!!

Beth/Oh