We asked them if they could move their lines and avoid the nesting area … to no avail.
A day later, this is what we found. In the photos below, a cormorant looks to be entangled in monofilament. The monofilament stretched taut from a nearby fence, and we weren’t sure if the end was hooked into the cormorant’s wing or leg, or affixed to the nest.
With help from local authorities, we got the monofilament cut to prevent serious entanglement of the adult birds or the chicks they would raise at this location. Another fishing line in the same area was found and cut. In this case, it was good fortune that the monofilament was removed before it strangled and killed any birds. So many of these injuries go unseen, unresolved.