Nfld. & Labrador

Oil soaked birds washing up on southern Avalon

People on the Cape Shore say they're finding dozens of oily birds, including the endangered harlequin duck, on the area's beaches.

People on the Cape Shore say they're finding dozens of oily birds, including the endangered harlequin duck, on the area's beaches.

Stan Tobin of the Newfoundland Environmental Association fears there's been an oil spill in Placentia Bay during the past week. He's found more than 20 heavily oiled birds while surveying the coast line in the Cape St. Mary's Area.

Tobin says the birds have washed ashore as unrecognizable balls of oil.

Canadian Coast Guard officials are patrolling beaches near Cape St. Mary's for evidence of a recent oil spill.

Oil pollution frequently washes up on the south coast of Newfoundland as ships at sea illegally dump oily bilge water from their tanks.