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Osprey in Distress Sighted in Dunedin

Local bird watchers report an osprey tangled in fishing line near Bayshore Boulevard and Curlew Road this week.

Local bird watchers report an osprey in distress sighted near Bayshore Boulevard and Curlew Road this week.

The bird appeared to be dragging a fishing line with lots of materials attached, according to Sparky Jones, founder of DunedinOspreyCam.org.

"I had a monitor in the area yesterday but we have not had any further tips,"  said Barbra Walker, of the Clearwater Audubon Society. "The osprey may have picked the line off himself but just in case, if someone sees and osprey on the ground please call me."

She warns not to allow ospreys to sit on the ground overnight because it exposes them to predators.

Walker said the Clearwater Audubon Bird of Prey line responds to calls involving injured birds of prey (eagles, ospreys, hawks, owls and kites), also entagled or possibly electrocuted birds of any species. She said they take the birds of prey to specialty veterinarians and rehabilitation facilities.

The Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary no longer accepts injured birds. 

Her organization is not equipped to respond calls about baby birds, duck relocations or seabirds.

Bird Emergency?

Call:

  • Clearwater Audubon Bird of Prey line at 727-798-2385
  • Wildlife Alert (for wildlife violations): 888-404-3922

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