Monday, the 28th of August – we’d been for a walk round the Loch of Ayre, Holm and were coming back along the side of the Loch nearest to the road when we saw a Cormorant, struggling. It was between the edge of the water and a big patch of Flag-irises.
We could see a length of fishing-line between the bird and the irises. Mike approached very carefully and could then see that the line was attached to the bird. He stood back, away from the bird, and called to me to go to the car and fetch the spare waterproof jacket we keep in the boot – which I did. Mike then carefully placed the jacket over the bird’s head, and it became completely still so he could have a better look at what the problem was.
The fishing -line was wrapped round its body, twice, and once round one of its wings. The problem was – how to cut it? Mike had a brain-wave. I threw the keys to him, and he used the edge of a key to cut the line and succeeded in removing all of it and winding in the excess from among the irises – the bird stayed absolutely still throughout the procedure.
He carefully lifted the jacket from the bird, which flapped off across the Loch to join its mate. We watched them for a while and both were swimming about, heads up – looked fine.
In a way it was a good thing that the line had tethered the bird as if it had attempted to fly away with the line around its body and wing, it probably wouldn’t have lasted long.
It’s also a good thing that Mike’s time working at the Wildfowl & Wetland’s Trust, Slimbridge meant that he knew what to do – how to quiten a distressed bird.
This incident made me angry – very angry. Some fisherman/woman? Was careless with their line, caused distress and could have caused suffering, injury and possibly death – needlessly.
Fortunately, Mike rescued the Cormorant who returned to its mate and they’ll probably go on to produce more Cormorants!
I’m not making light of this – it’s a serious issue. Shame on that person – shame on them.
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