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June 12, 2019

The Seagulls Are Gone....Except One!

I would like to share this with you. I go to the local beach each morning and, starting last winter, began feeding the seagulls that frequent the area. In the winter, a large flock would fly off the water when they saw my car pull-up to get their meal. Now that summer is here and food is plentiful, the flock is gone, except for one bird with distinctive markings who I call "Peg."  The reason I call the bird Peg is because when she was a part of the flock that disappeared, she had a fishing line wrapped around both legs. In fact, the line was wrapped tightly around one of her feet as well, causing her to limp (like she had a peg leg). I tried coaxing Peg with food to get close to me so I could free her from her binds, but she would have none of it.  Over the months, I would continually see Peg and, luckily, the fishing line eventually was gone. This made me relieved, but the foot that was wrapped tightly was obviously damaged. Fast forward to the present. Out of all the birds in the flock I was feeding, it's so cool the only one that still waits for me is the one I tried to rescue.  I am happy to report that Peg's foot has completely healed and she is doing fine! I hope the food I have been feeding her helped in her recovery.