The Bonaparte’s gull was all wrapped in fishing line.
Scot made an experienced cast with a broken-off fishing rod that A.C.E. Ranger Lane provided from lost and found.
He snagged the gull, reeled it in and TJ gently untangled the bird….
It took 4 hands to untangle all the fishing line.
Just released, the gull floated away.
The Bonaparte’s gull rested a while and then was back in the air looking for fish.
This is the eastern kingbird.
I love his scientific name: Tyrannus tyrannus – yes, like the dinosaur.
This bird rules his territory and will aggressively escort any other bird, up to and including eagles, out of it.
What he cannot rule is the trash that man leaves behind.
Look below his tail and across my copyright notice: fishing line.
Look above his right wing: a fishing line leader.
Follow the leader to the snarl of line above and to the left of the bird.
Thankfully I didn’t see this bird get caught – he is a flycatcher and has quick reflexes and keen eyesight.
I wish I could have removed the line – but the whole mess is 20 feet up the tree and way out on a small limb.
this afternoon a couple of people who didn’t know each other, worked together to rescue this horned grebe. There was fishing line around its neck, it has swallowed the hook and was dragging a bobber behind it. The grebe was transported to http://www.nc-claws.org/index.php/blog – a non-profit wildlife rehab facility. You can see the grebe and follow its progress on their Facebook page CLAWS, Inc. If you would like to make a donation to help the grebe, please go to the CLAWS web site or Facebook page.