I guess by now you’ve heard the news the osprey we tried to save on Saturday didn’t make it.
If you didn’t see Owl Moon’s Facebook post, here it is:
If you missed the story on how a group of us came together to first locate, then get the bird down and transport it to Owl Moon, you can see that here:
Here’s a little more information on that story that I originally posted. Angela Zaloudek was the boater that saw the bird from the boat she was on and posted it on the MD Birding Facebook group. She wrote, ” I need someone to forward this please. I am at Greenberry point between the two osprey posts at the mouth of the Severn and there is an osprey stuck upside down in a tree. I am on the water in a small boat unable to barely type” Carol Benson tagged me in the comments of that post.
Greenbury Point is huge – 231 acres of huge to be exact. To say we were looking for a needle in haystack is an understatement. We first had to figure out which trail to go down to find the two osprey platforms. We took a chance on the restricted access road – it’s restricted because it’s the Naval Support Activity Annapolis and because the property is used for live firing by the U.S. Naval Academy.
On Saturday, the day of the rescue, the trails were closed. NSA Annapolis shares this information on Twitter, which I checked as I was walking down the closed trail. This usually indicates live firing would be happening. This was late in the day and I had already called the U.S. Naval Academy Fire Department to alert them we might need them, but I called again to ensure we wouldn’t be in the line of fire. I was given the all clear. Nancy and I started the long trek down the dirt road. We were eventually joined by her friends and fellow rescuers, Karen McDonald and Kathy Siegfried Fuller. We located one osprey platform and from that one, we could see the other. Nancy and I headed to the far one – all the way down at the end of Greenbury Point. She walked out on the rip rap (which isn’t easy, and located the osprey), while I stayed behind and waited for Karen and Kathy. The photo of discarded fishing line and a hook below shows what I cleaned up while I was there.
Nancy yelled back to me she thought the bird was dead. A few minutes later, she realized the bird was alive and moving its wings. Nancy came back from the rip rap and we requested the firefighters. We went back to meet them to show them where we were. Karen and Kathy found their way right to the tree through the thick brush.
This wasn’t an easy rescue – it involved many moving parts and it was a miracle all the right people were in all the places, starting with the Facebook post by Angela.
This was the scene when I first arrived back with the firefighters. It was terrible. The bird was upside down with fishing line around its toe/talon.
This bird was just born this summer and had just learned to fly. Its parents were likely among the other ospreys we saw flying overhead the entire time we were there. In the photo below you can see another osprey off to the left.
By the time, Nancy got on the road to take the bird to Owl Moon Raptor Rescue it was getting dark. Late on a Saturday night, Owl Moon was open for this bird and for their other patients. I’m so thankful for all they did for this osprey and for the countless other critters they have and will continue to treat. I wished this story ended on a happier note. I know we all do.
PLEASE DISPOSE OF YOUR FISHING LINE PROPERLY.
This osprey died because of fishing line. And she had just started her life.
Thanks to the state of Connecticut for this text:
Carefully dispose of fishing lines that could seriously damage or kill wildlife. Animals can ingest or become entangled with the line, which can cause them to starve, They strangle themselves and suffer deep wounds. Usually, wild animals do not survive the injuries they suffer from getting entangled in the fishing lines. Discard the fishing lines,lures, hooks, sinkers and all other gear correctly.
Deseche con cuidado las líneas de pesca que puedan dañar seriamente o matar a la vida silvestre. Los animales pueden ingerir o enredarse con la línea, lo que puede causarles que mueran de hambre, se estrangulen y sufran heridas profundas. Por lo general, los animales silvestres no sobreviven a las lesiones que sufren por quedar enredados en las líneas de pesca. Deseche las líneas de pesca, los señuelos, los anzuelos, las plomadas y todos los demás elementos correctamente.