Sag Harbor man Bryan Downey made a grisly discovery Saturday morning near Otter Pond—seven mallard ducks that were apparently struck by a car and left for dead.
Downey found the ducks at 7:30 a.m. on Jermain Avenue, strewn along the roadway with scattered blood and feathers. He doubts alternative explanations for how the ducks got there, such as they fell off a hunter’s truck. Long Island duck season is between November 28 and January 26, but Downey noted that the spot is a known duck crossing that leads to the pond.
Downey first brought attention to the ducks on Facebook.
“This is truly horrendous,” Downey’s friend commented on his Facebook post. “Someone should check tires around the area to look for blood. Whoever did this is a sick person and needs to either go to jail or to a psychiatrist.”
“How sad,” another friend said. “Such beautiful creatures..I cannot believe someone could do this!!!!!”
And another commented, “HORRIBLE!!! I’m so sorry you had to witness that Bryan, and feel terrible about the birds. There is some true evil in this world, and this is proof.”
Downey said cars were driving around the ducks, so he picked them up and moved them to the side of the road. He alerted The Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center in Hampton Bays about the incident.