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.

Friday, 16 May 2014

SPCA: Heron shot in Long Island park

Updated 9:37 am, Wednesday, May 14, 2014

VALLEY STREAM, N.Y. (AP) — The Nassau County SPCA says it's investigating the shooting of a heron in Hewlett Bay Park.

A witness who was at the park with his family heard what appeared to be gunshots. Then he saw a man holding what looked like a pistol and saw the large bird fall from a tree. He called 911.

SPCA personnel took the bird to Central Veterinary Services in Valley Stream.

The veterinary clinic identified the bird as a yellow-crowned night heron.

The heron has undergone surgery. The SPCA says it is "guardedly hopeful" the bird will recover.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services have been notified.

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