490. Flocks of sick or deceased birds dot shoreline

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These young gals feed birds on beach of New SmyrnaHeadline Surfer photos by Serafina FrederickThese photos, taken in 2008 on New Smyrna Beach, are indicative of the array of birds on the beaches of Central Florida.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Researchers with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission received reports of more than 150 dead or distressed greater shearwaters, gull-like birds, along Florida’s east coast in Brevard, Indian River, St. Johns and Volusia counties in mid-June 2012.

After examining some of the birds, researchers believe these deaths are related to stress from the species’ long, trans-Atlantic migration, following reports of the situation over a week's time.

The tragic situation comes in at No. 490 in Headline Surfer's countdown of the Top 500 Stories as part of the 24/7 internet newspaper's fifth anniversary celebration.

The Greater shearwaters migrate from their primary breeding grounds in Tristan da Cunha, a group of islands off the southwest coast of Africa, across the Atlantic to Canada, according to the Peterson Field Guide for Eastern Birds.

“This long migration, coupled with storms and high winds, can take its toll on some immature and older shearwaters, sapping their strength and making it difficult to feed,” said Dan Wolf, an FWC research biologist.

“Upon examination of some of the dead greater shearwaters this week, we found the birds were young and emaciated, consistent with normal migration mortality,” Wolf added.

“Upon examination of some of the dead greater shearwaters this week, we found the birds were young and emaciated, consistent with normal migration mortality,” Wolf added.

Birds on New Smyrna BeachMigration-related deaths of greater shearwaters occur every year around this time, though the number varies.

In 2007, researchers received reports of about 1,000 dead shearwaters during the migratory season.

Because greater shearwaters live most of their lives on the open sea, the deaths are only seen alongshore when winds are blowing inshore.

Anyone who encounters a dead or distressed bird is asked not to handle it. For assistance with sick or injured birds, citizens should contact a local wildlife rehabilitative facility. The public can report dead birds to the FWC online at MyFWC.com/Bird.

Headline Surfer Top 500 Stories anniversary banner / Headline SurferAward-Winning Headline Surfer Publisher Henry Frederick
Award-winning Headline Surfer Editor/Publisher Henry Frederick is counting down his ranking of the Top 500 Stories throughout Volusia County, as part of the fifth anniversary celebration of the 24/7 Internet newspaper launched April 7, 2008. 

Recap Top 500 Stories: 

These young gals feed birds on beach of New Smyrna490. Flocks of sick or deceased birds dot shoreline
Posted Sat, 2013-08-10 02:21
Jason McGuirk quiet in NSB City Commission seat / Headline Surfer491. Softy Jason McGuirk gets NSB Commission seat nobody else wants
Posted Sat, 2013-08-03 03:24
492. Christmas comes early in 2010 for New Smyrna Beach with $402,500 fire rescue vehicle, complete with plaque
Posted Thu, 2013-07-18 05:13
Ormond Bech store robber locator / Headline Surfer493. Convenience store clerk in Ormond Beach draws own knife to scare off knife-wielding robber
Posted Wed, 2013-07-17 02:41
494. Former Oak Hill Mayor Donna Jane Bennett dies in 2009, a decade after exiting the political stage
Posted Thu, 2013-07-04 06:43
Lake Mary biker Mike Catchings at Biketoberfest 2011 in New Smyrna Beach / Headline Surfer495. Biketoberfest 2011 in New Smyrna Beach a bust
Posted Mon, 2013-06-17 03:51
Topless DeLand woman locator map496. Topless woman holds up DeLand traffic
Posted Mon, 2013-06-17 00:18 
Miami Dolphins great and Oak Hill winter resident Larry Csonka / Headline Surfer497. Oak Hill proud of its Super Bowl connection in winter resident Larry Csonka
Posted Wed, 2013-06-05 04:01
Stetson University's retired president H. Howard Lee / Headline Surfer498. Stetson University mourns passing of retired President H. Douglas Lee in 2009
Posted Wed, 2013-05-29 07:12
Pot washes up on New Smyrna Beach during July 4 weekend 2010 / Headline Surfer499. Kilo of pot washes ashore on New Smyrna Beach on July 4th weekend
Posted Fri, 2013-05-10 10:29
Henry and Sera Frederick / Headline Surfer500. Celebrating 5 years of covering greater Daytona Beach & New Smyrna Beach with 24/7 internet newspaper
Posted Sun, 2013-04-28 04:16  
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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via HeadlineSurfer.com since 2008. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed close to a hundred award-winning byline stories nearly evenly split in print and digital platforms. Frederick earned his Master of Arts in New Media Journalism with academic honors from Full Sail University in Winter Park in February 2019. He was a metro reporter with the Daytona Beach News-Journal for nearly a decade and then served as a city editor for the Taunton Daily Gazette in Taunton, Mass, while maintaining a residence in Central Florida. Prior to moving to Florida, Frederick was a metro reporter for the Rockland Journal-News in West Nyack, NY, for seven years. Headline Surfer was named the Sunshine State's top internet news site by the Florida Press Club in 2018.