3,000 eggs abandoned after drone scares birds in California

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This undated photo provided by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife show some 3,000 elegant tern eggs that were recently abandoned on a nesting island at the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve in Huntington Beach, Calif., after a drone, prohibited in the area, crashed and scared off the would be parents. (California Department of Fish and Wildlife via AP)

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Some 3,000 elegant tern eggs were abandoned at a Southern California nesting island after a drone crashed and scared off the birds.

The Orange County Register says two drones were flown illegally over the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve in Huntington Beach in May and one of them went down in the wetlands.

Fearing an attack from a predator, several thousand terns abandoned their ground nests.

Now during the month when the white birds would be overseeing their eggs as they begin to hatch, the sand is littered with egg shells.

Authorities are ramping up enforcement and citing people who break the rules.

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