Doc is Heart-Sick and Angry about 3 young birds at Jordan Lake. All 3 are in trouble because someone couldn’t take the time to put broken line in the trash. A few steps to save a bird is all I am asking. Please remove trash of all kinds and help the birds and fish and people have a clean environment.
Jordan Lake Eagles article in Community Sports Newspaper
I was asked to write a piece about the bald eagles of Jordan Lake and all the flooding of last year and into this year. You can find the newspaper on stands all about Chatham County or you can follow this link.
Jordan Lake Neighborhood Raptors
Then the eagles came by and then the ospreys.
Dad osprey was showing his fledglings how to fish.
I wonder what the fledglings thought of the tiny fish dad captured!
PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE FISHING LINE BEHIND, PLEASE.
Today we found 3 different birds in trouble at Jordan Lake – ALL three due to carelessly left behind fishing line.
1) This young cormorant has line wrapped through it’s bill and then wrapped around its neck. You can see the swelling behind the line on the throat. This bird probably won’t make it because the line will restrict his ability to swallow a fish.
2-4) This is an immature great blue heron – one of this year’s babies. There is a cluster of fishing hooks snagged in its neck. There is fishing line trailing from the hooks, down around its body and trailing behind it. This bird might make it if the wound in the neck doesn’t get infected.
5) I don’t have a photo yet of the 3rd bird – it is one of this year’s fledgling ospreys. It has fishing line wrapped all around one foot and the foot is swollen. The osprey can still fly so we have no way to catch it. The Rangers are closely watching the youngster. If it becomes immobilized they will do their best to get to it to help.
The first half of the slideshow is about one of the H&G Nest bald eagle fledglings making a successful fishing strike.
The 2nd half shows the 2 year-old bald eagle who decided to visit Doc this morning. She was about 50 feet from me.
This is the 2 year-old in the video posted earlier today.
My little iPhone tries hard when making videos, but it can’t bring to you the stills that my Canon camera does.
Bald Eagle Visitor
The crows harrassed this 2-year-old bald eagle into flying into the tree about 50 feet from and above me.
The youngster looked down at me, once, and apparently decided the crows deserved more of his attention!
We shared the space for several minutes:
me canted over the back of my chair trying hard to be steady with my iPhone as I looked up and recorded the eagle.
My what an unexpected visitor!
How much weight for your mass can you carry? And fly, at the same time?
This male osprey weighs about 3 to 3.5 pounds.
The largemouth bass weighs about 2 pounds.
It is utterly mind-bending every time I see an osprey fly past with a large fish.
Think on it: I couldn’t walk up a hill carrying more than half my own weight. Hmm…