Thursday, November 5, 2009
Update on the Dead Osprey
It wasn't a rifle shot, but rather the talons of another raptor that brought this Osprey down.
I heard today from Moreau Lake State Park naturalist Gary Hill, who told me that state Department of Environmental Conservation pathologists had conducted an autopsy (Correction: necropsy. See comment.) on the dead bird my friends and I found on the beach October 23. Their examination revealed that the puncture wounds on the Osprey's belly and leg were caused not by a bullet but by the talons of another raptor, possibly a Bald Eagle or another Osprey.
I confess I hate the thought of such avian animosity, but I hate the thought of the senseless shooting of birds by humans even more. So I guess that was good news, even though it still makes me sad. But I'm glad to know that the DEC folks care enough about the death of a single bird that they would make the effort to find out how it died. Thanks, you guys.