It could’ve been avoided.
Frank Suponcic was visiting Frances Slocum State Park two weeks ago when he spotted this cedar waxwing high above in a tree. The waxwing was tangled in discarded fishing line that another bird used to build its nest. If you look close the line is visible above the bird’s wing.
The waxwing’s unfortunate plight is a firsthand example of just how deadly discarded fishing line can be to wildlife. It’s even more disheartening considering the situation could’ve easily been avoided by simply picking up discarded line and throwing it away.
At Frances Slocum, that’s easy to do considering there are several fishing line receptacles installed around the park. Park manager Brian Taylor said there is a receptacle at the fishing pier and another by the boat rental building. The park is considering installing more receptacles later this year.
While the photos of the waxwing aren’t pretty and it’s death could’ve been avoided, it’s also a reminder of what can happen when people decide to leave their used line behind rather than throw it away.
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— Tom Venesky