As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Deadly toxin killing loons and other water birds at beginning of St. Lawrence River

Friday, December 6, 2013 - 3:08 pm

A natural toxin is killing migrating water birds near where Lake Ontario empties into the St. Lawrence River, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

Type E botulism struck the eastern basin of Lake Ontario this fall resulting in sizeable mortality in migrating waterbirds, said a DEC report.

Reports from the public and field investigations by DEC crews indicate that at least 200-300 common loons have washed ashore along Jefferson and northern Oswego County shorelines.

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