The affected birds are dying in about the most gruesome way imaginable:
As you know, a bird has a natural repellent in its feathers that keeps the water out. That’s a little area—a little cushion—that keeps it cool. Well, this oil here gets on those feathers, and they lose that little insulation. And then, when you have this oil at 100+ degrees, the bird experts say, it begins to literally cook the birds.
It’s outrageous that the government is apparently waiting for BP to get to the beach in this video. The government should be directing and executing this cleanup, and then billing BP for every penny. (Via ThinkProgress and Sullivan.)