Scientist: “We think we saw a few birds that had a few spots of oil on them over there.”

by editor on May 12, 2011

Please allow us to translate the highly scientific jargon found in our headline: Give us some money and we’ll study the situation.

Good lord almighty, they actually found a few oil spots on some birds returning to Newfoundland from the Gulf of Mexico. It’s a crisis.

northern gannet

The Northern Gannet flies south for the winter. Northern scientists undoubtedly want to do the same.

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation sounds the avian alarm:

A bird researcher has found northern gannets returning to a large nesting colony south of St. John’s are faring well despite concerns that a massive oil spill that began in the Gulf of Mexico a year ago would dramatically cut the area’s population.

Northern gannets from six colonies in Newfoundland and Labrador and Quebec migrate to winter in the Gulf annually.

Bill Montevecchi, a Memorial University researcher who has been tracking the birds’ journey to the Gulf of Mexico and back again, said Tuesday hundreds of the gannets were likely killed by oil that spilled after a rig explosion on April 20, 2010.

A year later at the Cape St. Mary’s colony in eastern Newfoundland, Montevecchi said he believed there are signs that some of the thousands of birds that return to the province to lay just one egg each year have been damaged by the spill.

“We think we saw a few birds that had a few spots of oil on them over there.” he said.

We think? Well, that’s good enough for us. Quick, alert the government! Emergency grants must be issued so scientists can begin studying the situation.

This calls for another trip to the Gulf. Probably in the middle of December when it’s minus 30 in Newfoundland and nice and sunny on the Gulf.

Waiter! Another mimosa, please!

H/T: Mike Power

Source: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

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Elrond Hubbard
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“hundreds of gannets were likely killed”,“a few birds that had a few spots of oil on them” Let’s see: “likely”, “few birds”, “few spots of oil”, it all sounds very scientific Mr. Montevecchi.

jukin
Guest

How come only birds, that live, with oil on them are important to collectivists and not the tens of thousands of birds that die in windmills are not?

Joe Redfield
Guest

I wonder how many gannets fell prey to the giant bird shredd…um, ‘renewable energy sources’ on the way to their breeding grounds.

Tesslea
Member

Well, some birds have some specks of oil on them, maybe they took refuge under someone’s leaky car?

hisham
Guest

I noticed grease under my fingernails and filthy grease and oil on my hands after I finished working on my car, should I be concerned? Do I need to alert the EPA?

Ruben
Member

Lefty Loons in Canada will now claim this makes the Great White North a leading oil importer and the petroleum industry should be furthered regulated.

Homersdad
Member

Take a good look at the picture of the bird. His face says it all….kinda like….are you shi***** me?

deepthinker
Member

And the sky is falling, the sky is falling. I’m surprised that was all that was on the bird after flying that far.

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