Cold May Be to Blame for “Lost” Birds in Fairfax County

By Matthew Stabley
|  Wednesday, Jan 15, 2014  |  Updated 8:24 PM EDT
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An Animal Control officer handles an eared grebe found in Fairfax County.

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Fairfax County Animal Control wants residents to be aware of birds “lost” in the area, likely due to the weather.

Animal Control believes the eared grebes reported “downed” around the county were thrown of their migratory track by the polar vortex that brought frigid conditions to most of the country last week.

The web-footed birds are accustomed to flying and swimming, so they appear wobbly or injured when walking.

Anyone who sees an eared grebe should call Animal Control at 703-691-4131. Police, local veterinarians and the Wildlife Rescue League are working together for the humane relocation of birds.

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