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Thread subject: Osprey and fishing line- bad ending
Name Date Message
Trishrg 01/06/14 08:05 am I subsctibe to my local county birding group and this message was in my inbox this morning.

[OrangeCountyBirding] A Sad Scene at Bolsa Chica today....

"g*******r@ymail.com via yahoogroups.com
7:42 PM (9 hours ago)

to OrangeCountyBirding.

It was a tragic scene for the bird and for those on shore watching helplessly. There was a large bird floundering about in the water, near the observation point just beyond the footbridge. Looking closer, it was an OSPREY thrashing about in the water, and then gradually weakly attempting to keep its head above water. The bird's head was fully submerged in the water, and it would flap its wings to try to keep its head above water, but the bird was tightly wrapped up in fishing line; it couldn't fly, it was pinned face down in the water and could only briefly catch a breath every time it heaved upward after 15 seconds or so. Every time it did so, there was a brightly colored flash of some large fishing lure that had drawn the bird. It was just a matter of time before it would slowly drown or die from exhaustion.


I relate this story as a reminder to all of us about the unintended consequences of our actions. Someone lost or cut a line or lure and a bird died as a result. Perhaps we can all be a little more mindful of the small ways our actions may inadvertently harm the wildlife around us. And there are some small things we can do, like picking up discarded wires or lures to prevent this sort of incident from happening"

All I can think is I wish I were there, as I would not hesitate to have jumped in and gone after the bird.
Heartbroken. Garett's a good guy so I'm not going to slam him for not doing anything.
Nancy L 01/06/14 05:16 pm So sad.
Celeste 01/07/14 05:48 am Fishing line is terrible. Really sad to hear stories like this.

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