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Saving a Great Blue Heron

We had quite an exciting bird survey this morning, August 28, 2019, at Archbishop Fiorenza Park. In addition to seeing our first fall warblers, we also rescued a Great Blue Heron that was tangled in fishing line along the bank of one of the ponds.

The photo gallery below will show you how the drama played out. At first we just noticed a branch moving back and forth as if by its own power. Then we saw the line and thought a fish was caught but it turned out to be a Great Blue. He or she was tired but luckily had no injuries and will live to fish again.

Monofilament line can be deadly to wildlife when not disposed of properly. Please spread the word.

Click to see the photo gallery.

Archbishop Fiorenza Park--W.of Eldridge Pkwy (Eldridge Retention Basin), Harris, Texas, US Aug 28, 2019 6:51 AM - 9:36 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.654 mile(s)
32 species

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck (Dendrocygna autumnalis)  20
Mottled Duck (Anas fulvigula)  15
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Feral Pigeon))  215
White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)  4
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  4
Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca)  1
Laughing Gull (Leucophaeus atricilla)  3
Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus)  316
American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)  3
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)  11
Great Egret (Ardea alba)  7
Snowy Egret (Egretta thula)  4
Little Blue Heron (Egretta caerulea)  2
Tricolored Heron (Egretta tricolor)  4
Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis)  3
Green Heron (Butorides virescens)  1
Black-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)  3
White Ibis (Eudocimus albus)  17
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)  1
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)  1
Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)  1
Downy Woodpecker (Dryobates pubescens)  2
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  2
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  2
Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)  2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea)  1
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)  1
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  1
Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)  5
Great-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus mexicanus)  2
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia)  2
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  2

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