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, 4 September 2014

Bird rookery near Venice now barren of vegetation

Posted: Thursday, August 28, 2014 4:15 pm

Posted on Aug 28, 2014

SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla. -- Residents in a Venice neighborhood say they've watched a local bird rookery die right before their eyes this past month.

The property is part of a new development called Villages of Milano by Neal Communities. It's located off Jacaranda Boulevard between Laurel and Border roads.

The 700-home project was approved a little more than a month ago. Right after, neighbors say a very big change started to take place to an island rookery there.

All that is left now looks like a pile of dirt.

"It was glorious nature, and it has been destroyed." Venice resident Bob Fuqua is seeing a big change in his neighborhood. "I am here almost every day walking the dog. I always admired the big green mound of vegetation; lots of birds coming and going. It was just a great thing to see."

Video shot by ABC 7 when the development was approved in late July shows green vegetation covering the island.

Just days later, Bob started seeing a difference. “I noticed the vegetation out here was turning brown."

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