Yesterday morning I took my daughter and my parents to Ponce Inlet for some fun at the beach. Since I was primarily being a dad, I didn’t do much birding, but I did bring my camera and I did scan the horizon some to see what may be flying by. I was hoping to get lucky and start my year with some gannets, scoters, and other fun birds, but all I found was a few Northern Gannet. But I sill had fun walking the beach with my daughter photographing the birds near shore.
At one point my daughter and I walked out onto the jetty, and I kept my eye out for a Purple Sandpiper. I didn’t find one, but I did find two more birds, this time two Royal Terns, with fishing line dangling from them. In the photo below, it looks like the fishing line is actually attached to the fish in is mouth, but the the other one was hooked near the belly. That makes four birds in the last two visits. It seems like this is a real problem at this particular location.