Mirror Pond Osprey Killed With Bullet

A large osprey, believed to be the same bird that has entertained Bend residents and visitors with its Mirror pond plunges over a period of years, was found dead in Drake park this morning, shot directly through the breast.

The bird, generally known as a fish hawk, was found by Charles Bishop. The bullet centered the breast of the diver, and It Is believed that the bird might have been perched on a tree when the shot was fired. No one reported hearing the shot, Bishop, park supervisor, said.

The osprey had a wing spread of 64 Inches, and was such a fine specimen that Bishop plans to have It mounted.

The fishing habit of the osprey was to remain nearly motionless several hundred feet above the Mirror pond, then to plunge with lightning speed to the water surface. Most of Its Mirror pond prey were believed to be whitefish.

Source: The Bend Bulletin ©1948

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