A rare winged creature dies shortly after attracting admirers in Vermont. What happened?
Enthusiastic nature lovers flocked to the small town from all over Vermont last September, wildlife officials said.
They all came to see a rare sight: a marble goddess.
The discovery of the birds on September 19 in North Hero was a big moment for bird watchers in the area. It has been again A marbled bird has been reported in Vermont within the past decade, according to eBird, a bird-watching database managed by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
“He was the god in the North Champion A A rare and exciting findThis type of “vagrant” — or bird outside its usual range — gives local birders a chance to see new species close to home, Jill Kilburn, a bird biologist with the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife, said in a Feb. 6 news release. .
But it appears the god was suddenly found dead a week after he was first sighted, officials said.
Kilburn told McClatchy News in an email that a landowner found the dead bird about a mile from where it was seen alive.
Officials said many bird watchers became concerned about what happened to Al-Adwit after they noticed it disappeared from the beach. Given the bird’s rarity and mysterious death, wildlife officials said they decided to send the bird to a laboratory in New Hampshire to find out what happened.
Now, months later, state officials have announced the rare bird’s cause of death.
The marbled bird is a shorebird with “stilt-like legs,” officials said. she has “Extremely longTheir bill helps them burrow in the sand in search of food, according to the All About Birds website.
It is approximately the size of a crow and is brown and white in color, according to the database. The bird prefers to stay near wetlands while breeding, then moves to salt ponds and beaches during the winter.
Officials said the marbled birds are found in the Great Plains and Ontario when they breed to the Atlantic and Gulf coasts for the winter, although they do not typically cross through Vermont.
It’s not known how the bird ended up in Vermont, though factors like strong weather or migration patterns could contribute, Kilburn said.
The confusion over what happened to the marble servitude was clarified by test results conducted by the University of New Hampshire Diagnostic Laboratory, according to state officials. The results took about six weeks to process, Kilburn said.
The department said that after a “full pathology and autopsy examination,” it appears that the bird died of natural causes.
Although he did not suffer any injuries, Al-Baghdout had several other problems that officials say may have contributed to his death: malnutrition, “high parasite load,” and infections.
“Birds found outside their natural range are often very stressed, and if they cannot find the right food or cover, this can combine with other stressors such as malnutrition and disease,” Kilburn said in the release. “All evidence indicates that this is what happened to the gods.”
Although there were other factors that played a role in the bird’s death, it could still serve as a valuable lesson in how “enthusiastic viewers” can put unintended stress on a rare bird, Kilburn said.
“If a bird changes its behavior because you’re watching it, you’re too close to it,” she said.
North Hero is located about 35 miles northwest of Burlington.
(Tags for translation)Marble Slavery