MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Autopsy results from shore birds found dead
on the Alabama coast during the recent cold snap show the animals starved to death.
Some of the sea birds showed signs of frostbite on their webbed
One pelican ate a piece of wood shortly before it died,
suggesting food was difficult to find.
The frigid temperatures drove small fish into deeper water, and
the birds could no longer feed.
Wildlife biologist Roger Clay says birds have such a high metabolism it doesn't take long for them to suffer from a lack of food.
More than 100 pelicans, gulls and terns were found dead on
Dauphin Island and the Fort Morgan peninsula earlier this month.
Clay said almost all the dead birds were young pelicans.