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Disturbing discovery: Tropical Storm Debby tore up La. island

Gull chicks survived high tides and waves from Debby in Barataria Bay Gull chicks survived high tides and waves from Debby in Barataria Bay

Cat Bay, La. -- Even though Tropical Storm Debby veered away from Louisiana last week, she did not spare the state completely.

In lower Barataria Bay, waves and high tides from Debby swamped a tiny island where hundreds of birds are nesting.

Plaquemines Parish Coastal Zone Management Director P.J. Hahn, who visited the island before and after the storm, says it appears hundreds of chicks and eggs were lost.  Louisiana brown pelicans seem to have fared the worst, as hundreds of eggs washed out into the bay.

"This whole area was covered with baby chicks," Hahn said.

A large colony of tricolored egrets, with dozens of chicks, survived.  However, the island appeared to have one surviving pelican chick.

Some other eggs remained, but many of the birds built their nests on the ground, perilously close to the shore.

"I would say about two-thirds (of the nests) are gone," Hahn said.

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