Raptor Cam viewers are reporting that mom brought a new plastic bag to the nest today but that it blew out this afternoon. Apparently these birds have a liking for the plastic garbage that blows about our urban landscape. It is unfortunately not uncommon for birds to pick-up garbage and incorporate it into their nests. The raptor cam nest is actually fulll of all sorts of garbage ranging from string and twine to strips of rubber, cardboard, even found objects such as a small mirror. The garbage can cause problems---young can get tangled up in strings and twine, plastic can be injects, the bags can trap moisture in the nest...All reasons to pick-up after ourselves..and to ban the bag!
Watch Raptor Cam Live: KGW-Audubon Raptor Cam
Bag It film screening at Portland Audubon on May 10th--Film about plastic bags and how they impact our environment
Some pictures of today's new bag before it blew out once again to resume its travels across our urban landscape (taken by Kirsta Bradford):
Plastic in nest under eggs 2007 (Taken by Dieter Waiblinger)
Garbage in nest 2009 (Taken by Bob Sallinger)
Garbage in nest 2010 (Taken by Bob Sallinger)