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Mar 31, 2014 5:37 PM

Birds Impacted by Oil Coming Ashore on Mustang Island

CORPUS CHRISTI - A biologist from the Coastal Bend Bays and Estuaries Program surveyed the damage from an oil spill that's made it to Mustang Island.

State officials say they aren't 100% sure the oil is coming from last week's spill in Galveston Bay.

Conservation Biologist Owen Fitzsimmons documented two Cormorants covered in oil and dead on the island. Tony Amos with the Animal Rehabilitation Keep also photographed Sandpipers with oily feet and breast feathers.

Fitzsimmons points out birds are in the middle of a spring migration right now. They're stopping on our beaches and wetlands as they head for breeding grounds.

The birds try to clean the oil off themselves by using their beaks. In the end, the oil ends up in their stomachs, causing them to fall ill or die.

The Texas General Land Office had four crews working a two mile stretch of Padre Island beach today looking for tar balls washing ashore.

There are fewer tar balls coming up compared to Sunday. Crews will be back out on the beaches tomorrow looking for problem spots.

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