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Discarded fishing line injures Lake Murray’s baby osprey

Falls out of nest into cactus, revealing bound-up foot

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.

Two men waited for Leo to arrive and transport the bird to Project Wildlife.

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.

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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.

Two men waited for Leo to arrive and transport the bird to Project Wildlife.

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.

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How sad. I hope Project Wildlife can save the baby. There is a cam on two adult ospreys and their two recently hatched babies in Montana, and yesterday one of the adults brought a large tube of Sensodyne toothpaste to the nest. At least the tube can't harm the chicks. I notice the Montana osprey parents have been building up the sides of the nest since the babies hatched, by bringing in more sticks. Perhaps the problem with the chicks falling out of the nest at Lake Murray is a lack of locally available sticks of the right size for the parents to use to do something similar.

http://cams.allaboutbirds.org/channel/27/Hellgate_Ospreys/

June 22, 2013

I have seen far too many cases of "fishing line injury or death." Why can't these dumbbell fisherman take their line to a trash can? Some of the sites are supplying special containers for just such a purpose.

I once freed a Great Blue Heron that had become trapped by fishing line in a tree, and another time a ducking that had a fishing hook caught in his foot and the attached line caught in a branch in the water.

It's really a shame and totally preventable if the fisherman would just wake the hell up.

June 24, 2013

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