It’s been an interesting week, making the transition from working primarily with songbirds to seabirds. It’s also been a sobering example of the impact people have on wildlife. In just one five-day work week, there have been several pelicans with fish hook injuries, a couple of unknown toxin casualties, a sandhill crane hit in the head with a golf ball, and a laughing gull that finally threw up a piece of rubber commonly found in bedrooms that certainly does not belong on the beach – or in a gull!
One of the cormorants even made the evening news. After swallowing a fish hook with several yards of line attached, the cormie chose to roost on top of the mast of a very large sailboat. During the night, the gusty wind apparently wound the fish line around the mast rigging, and the cormie ended up hanging by it’s hooked neck. The cormorant helped to save itself by grabbing some of the rigging with its feet and hanging on – literally for dear life.
The police and fire departments volunteered to assist with the rescue, and brought a ladder truck from a neighboring town to reach the cormorant. The bird is recovering nicely. The crane did not fare as well.
I’ll post again when I can. Free time is short, but Life is good.