The Evening Echo here in Cork reported today that 60 birds have been found dead at The Lough in Cork (a natural freshwater lake in Cork City that has been a wildfowl sanctuary for many decades), three swans being pulled out last night by vets, two dead, one nearly dead. Apparently it started happening a month ago. I myself noticed a dying swan about a month ago when walking my dogs there (I live next to it). Ciaran Lynch TD was here this morning expressing concern that the wildfowl population here is in danger of being devastated. On my way home just a couple of minutes ago there were vets and council workers out on the Lough in boats, there are five dead swans sitting on the slipway having been pulled from the island on the lake.
The paper is mentioning the possibility of a virus causing all the death. There are tests being done at the moment to determine it, the council said they'd release a statement when they know. Does anyone here with any experience of wildfowl or living nearby wildfowl sanctuaries have any idea what it might be?
Story can be seen on the front page pdf through http://www.eecho.ie