Date: 1/13/20 10:42 pm
From: Robert Raker <rob.raker...>
Subject: [cobirds] Re: Loon’s with fishing gear in bills
Observed the COLO you referred to at Aurora Reservoir. Got pics of it and
it appears the fishing line completely encircles the bill. Not sure if the
bird can even opener's bill. I observed the bird continuously trying to
wipe off the lure and line off of it's beak. Very sad. See pics
at: https://ebird.org/checklist/S63378535
Robert Raker
Lakewood CO.


On Saturday, January 11, 2020 at 10:03:11 AM UTC-7, Gregg Goodrich wrote:
>
> We currently have 2 loons with fishing line, lures or hooks in their bills
> here in the Denver area. Chatfield has a Pacific Loon with fishing gear in
> it’s bill. Several birders have notified the park office and they said that
> they couldn’t get a boat out to do a rescue because of the ice at the boat
> ramps. Even if they could, catching it would be a challenge.
>
> Aurora Reservoir has a Common Loon with fishing gear in it’s bill as well.
> I notified the park ranger supervisor this morning. He said as long as it
> was diving and healthy it would be hard to catch. He said if it’s health
> starts to fail, then they might be able to catch it.
>
> So, keep an eye on these birds and if they start to look unhealthy we can
> notify the rangers.
>
> Gregg Goodrich
> Highlands Ranch
>
>

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