On June 21, at about 2:30 p.m., the second baby osprey at Lake Murray fell out of its nest. (Its sibling had fallen out on June 5 and was taken to Project Wildlife to be rehabilitated.)
Yesterday, the baby osprey was found in cactus underneath the nest with fishing line wrapped around its legs, which were injured to the bone and its foot swollen so badly that two onlookers were afraid it would require amputation; however, others are more optimistic.
Mike, the biker who found the bird, picked it up with his shirt and laid it down on the pavement. Mike had to leave, but two men stood by the bird until Leo, the city lake worker, to arrive. When he did, he put a towel over the cage and coaxed the osprey into the cage. Quickly, the bird was taken away to Project Wildlife.
Most animal enthusiasts at the lake have seen the fishing-line problem before: many birds have been injured. Some people noticed fishing line hanging from the ospreys’ nest. It is speculated that the fishing line was brought by parents as they built their nest.
This is a sad outcome for the two babies that were born in the manmade nest by the two-mile mark at Lake Murray. SDG&E fabricated the nest on a pole about ten years ago, after an osprey nest had burned on one of their high-voltage poles.