Spooked terns abandon 2,000 eggs after drone crash

Elegant Tern




About 2,000 tern eggs in California have been deserted after an unlawful drone flight over their hatching space ended with a crash, spooking the ground-nesting birds.

That was one among two unlawful flights on May 13 that ended with a crash within the protected Bolsa Chica wetlands west of Anaheim — the opposite drone solely quickly flushed one other group of terns from their nests, earlier than they returned, the Orange County Register reported.

“It’s ironic,” a warden for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Nick Molsberry, instructed the paper. “Drone owners are attracted by the nesting colonies of birds, and then their actions destroy it.”

Molsberry stated solely one of many drone operators has come ahead — and been cited. He stated he plans to enter the reminiscence card of the opposite to attempt to discover the proprietor.

This undated photo provided by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife show some 3,000 elegant tern eggs that were recently abandoned on a nesting island at the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve in Huntington Beach, Calif., after a drone, prohibited in the area, crashed and scared off the would be parents.
The drone crash occurred within the protected Bolsa Chica wetlands west of Anaheim, Calif.




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