« With Apologies to the Beatles... | Main | Explosion On Long Island »
January 13, 2008

Bummer of a Story

Awww, man.

KODIAK, Alaska (AP) — At least 19 bald eagles died Friday after gorging themselves on a truck full of fish waste outside a processing plant.

Fifty or more eagles swarmed into the truck, whose retractable fabric cover was open, after the truck was moved outside the plant, said Brandon Saito, a biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service who coordinated the recovery operation.

The birds became too soiled to fly or clean themselves, and with temperatures in the mid-teens, began to succumb to the cold. Some birds became so weak they sank into the fish slime and were crushed.

The surviving birds were cleaned off and sheltered in a warm area.

I know they are common in other parts of the country, but they've only just recently returned to the upper Connecticut River Valley. In Winter they fly out closer to the ocean and perch all day, moving as little as possible to conserve energy. It's a tough time of year to be an Eagle.

There's a nesting pair quite close to our house, and the impressively large male suddenly buzzed low through my yard while I was gardening a few Summers back.

Having never seen a bird that big so close before, it almost stopped my heart.

Anyway, sad story. Glad somebody cared enough to get Fish & Wildlife out there and save as many as they could.


digg this
posted by Laura. at 01:49 PM

| Access Comments




Recent Comments
Grump928(c): "[i]That shit is like eating bird seed.[/i] I be ..."

18-1: "I hear you but, no President, not even Mecha Trump ..."

Lizzy[/i]: ">>Wouldn't be Prairie Lobsters? Pfffttt! Not ne ..."

Puddin Head: "Wouldn't be Prairie Lobsters? ..."

Buzzsaw: "No Rocky Mountain oysters? Posted by: rickb223 ..."

Hipster Shithead: ">>I bought some once just to see what the fu ..."

Anon a mouse: "There are beaches in New Mexico? " Surf West Vi ..."

Lancelot Link Secret Agent Chimp : "surprised someone would be surprised by his politi ..."

Puddin Head: "Why would anyone want a substitute for rice? ..."

Grump928(c): "[i]Iowa shrimp?[/i] The great herds of prairi ..."

fixerupper: "Iowa shrimp? Posted by: JackStraw at August 17, 2 ..."

Elizabeth Warren - Pow Wow Chow cookbook contributor: "Midwest jokes aside, they ever serve fish or fried ..."

Recent Entries
Search


Polls! Polls! Polls!
Frequently Asked Questions
The (Almost) Complete Paul Anka Integrity Kick
Top Top Tens
Greatest Hitjobs

The Ace of Spades HQ Sex-for-Money Skankathon
A D&D Guide to the Democratic Candidates
Margaret Cho: Just Not Funny
More Margaret Cho Abuse
Margaret Cho: Still Not Funny
Iraqi Prisoner Claims He Was Raped... By Woman
Wonkette Announces "Morning Zoo" Format
John Kerry's "Plan" Causes Surrender of Moqtada al-Sadr's Militia
World Muslim Leaders Apologize for Nick Berg's Beheading
Michael Moore Goes on Lunchtime Manhattan Death-Spree
Milestone: Oliver Willis Posts 400th "Fake News Article" Referencing Britney Spears
Liberal Economists Rue a "New Decade of Greed"
Artificial Insouciance: Maureen Dowd's Word Processor Revolts Against Her Numbing Imbecility
Intelligence Officials Eye Blogs for Tips
They Done Found Us Out, Cletus: Intrepid Internet Detective Figures Out Our Master Plan
Shock: Josh Marshall Almost Mentions Sarin Discovery in Iraq
Leather-Clad Biker Freaks Terrorize Australian Town
When Clinton Was President, Torture Was Cool
What Wonkette Means When She Explains What Tina Brown Means
Wonkette's Stand-Up Act
Wankette HQ Gay-Rumors Du Jour
Here's What's Bugging Me: Goose and Slider
My Own Micah Wright Style Confession of Dishonesty
Outraged "Conservatives" React to the FMA
An On-Line Impression of Dennis Miller Having Sex with a Kodiak Bear
The Story the Rightwing Media Refuses to Report!
Our Lunch with David "Glengarry Glen Ross" Mamet
The House of Love: Paul Krugman
A Michael Moore Mystery (TM)
The Dowd-O-Matic!
Liberal Consistency and Other Myths
Kepler's Laws of Liberal Media Bias
John Kerry-- The Splunge! Candidate
"Divisive" Politics & "Attacks on Patriotism" (very long)
The Donkey ("The Raven" parody)
Powered by
Movable Type 2.64