I came upon this heron at Astor Cove and was shocked to see fishing line and a large sinker hanging from its mouth. When it flew, it stayed low. I am not sure how or where the line/hook is attached to the great blue.
Kathryn Zvokel Stewart
Unfortunately, we do get reports like this from time to time. It's possible that this incident occurred when a fish broke the line, and when the heron ate the fish, it became entangled. That sinker won't significantly affect the heron's ability to fly, but the hook or attached line may affect its ability to eat. This bird's plight reminds us to be good environmental stewards. We can't always prevent a snagged lure or a broken line, but we can clean up after ourselves when we enjoy the outdoors and reduce the likelihood that discarded fishing line or other plastics will unintentionally harm wildlife.