highseas is the WINNER! Based on the claw
marks all over the vane there was at least one bird- perhaps a whole convention of Ospreys up there. At least he/she didn't crap all over my boat
Garmin is sending me a new one- they are pretty sure the old one will snap back on- but, according to Garmin, apparently this is a common event for birds to take off and pop the vanes off. Since we are going far afield, and this vane landed within inches of the edge, I thinnk I will take a back-up.