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Fri Jun 25, 2021, 03:51 AM

We have a serious bird problem in KY and surrounding states.

Kentuckians encouraged to report sick, dead birds to Kentucky Fish and Wildlife

See: https://fw.ky.gov/News/Pages/Bird-Mortality-Event-news.aspx

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 18, 2021) ó To enhance its investigation into unexplained bird mortality occurring in Kentucky, the Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources is asking the public to report encounters with sick and dead birds through a new online reporting system.

In late May, the department began receiving reports of sick and dying birds with eye swelling and crusty discharge, as well as neurological signs. Wildlife agencies in Indiana, Maryland, Ohio, Virginia, Washington, D.C. and West Virginia have reported similar problems.

State wildlife agencies are working with diagnostic laboratories to investigate the cause of mortality. Kentucky Fish and Wildlife has sent more than 20 samples for lab testing to the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study at the University of Georgia. More results are pending, but no definitive cause of death has been identified at this time.

In Kentucky, reports of sick and dying birds have come from Jefferson, Kenton and Boone counties. Species affected thus far have included blue jays, common grackles and European starlings, but other species may be affected as well.


They go on to say....
Birds congregating at feeders and baths can transmit disease to one another. Therefore, Kentucky Fish and Wildlife recommends the public follow these guidelines:

In Jefferson, Boone and Kenton counties:

Cease feeding birds until further notice (when this issue has been resolved);

Statewide:

Clean feeders and birdbaths with a 10 percent bleach solution immediately, then weekly thereafter;
Avoid handling birds, but wear disposable gloves if handling is necessary; and
Keep pets away from sick or dead birds as a standard precaution.

If you must remove dead birds, it is recommended that you place them in a sealable plastic bag and dispose of the bag in a secured outdoor trash can.


This is heartbreaking, as watching my bird friends is one of my few sources of joy, particularly during this pandemic. A few days ago, I watched a mourning dove acting very strangely on my back patio, as if a parasite was attacking its nervous system. I'm going to report that event to the State.

I'm now curious if this could be coming from contaminated bird seed or something carried by other critters such as squirrels.

If you live in one of the above listed states or even an adjacent state, I suggest going to your state's fish and wildlife web site to see if there's a similar notice. Please report any strange behavior or unusual amount of dead birds to your state.

Let's hope this is resolved soon. I now have a new do-list item for today: remove, empty and secure all my feeders and dump my two birdbaths. This will be a good opportunity to give everything a good cleaning.

KY........

PS: Should this be cross-posted elsewhere, or will this group post be adequate?

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Reply We have a serious bird problem in KY and surrounding states. (Original post)
KY_EnviroGuy Jun 2021 OP
SheltieLover Jun 2021 #1
KY_EnviroGuy Jun 2021 #3
MiHale Jun 2021 #4
SheltieLover Jun 2021 #12
Blue Dawn Jun 2021 #2
KY_EnviroGuy Jun 2021 #5
Blue Dawn Jun 2021 #17
Rhiannon12866 Jun 2021 #6
KY_EnviroGuy Jun 2021 #7
Rhiannon12866 Jun 2021 #8
KY_EnviroGuy Jun 2021 #14
Rhiannon12866 Jun 2021 #15
Person of Interest Jun 2021 #9
bucolic_frolic Jun 2021 #10
LiberalLoner Jun 2021 #11
KY_EnviroGuy Jun 2021 #13
LiberalLoner Jun 2021 #16

Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Original post)

Fri Jun 25, 2021, 04:17 AM

1. I think you should xpost to get the word out

And repost at different times of the day.

This is heartbreaking!

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Response to SheltieLover (Reply #1)

Fri Jun 25, 2021, 04:52 AM

3. Thanks, SL. Do you suggest GD or the lounge (or other)?

Just brought in 4-feeders and 2-birdbath pans. Glad it's not in dead of winter when they need the food far more than now.

When daylight comes, I'll walk around my little place to insure there's no dead ones laying around.

KY

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Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Reply #3)

Fri Jun 25, 2021, 04:56 AM

4. Don't forget your state group ...nt

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Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Reply #3)

Fri Jun 25, 2021, 06:39 AM

12. I'd do GD

Or hit both, perhaps at different times of day.

This is ...

No words.

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Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Original post)

Fri Jun 25, 2021, 04:24 AM

2. Thank you!

I live in a state next to Kentucky and will check out our state wildlife web site to see if this is also a problem here. I get so much enjoyment watching my bird friends at my bird feeders, but I will immediately remove all of my feeders if necessary. I am pretty good at keeping my feeders clean and do use a bleach and water solution when I clean them.

I really appreciate your post. Thank you so much.

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Response to Blue Dawn (Reply #2)

Fri Jun 25, 2021, 04:58 AM

5. Thanks. I have kin folks down in middle TN that a big bird watchers....

and I'm going to email them to insure they know.

I was just thinking.......

I have piles of seed hulls on the ground under my feeders and it might be a good idea to remove those in case disease could be harbored there. A lot of ground feeders like to forage there.

KY

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Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Reply #5)

Fri Jun 25, 2021, 07:18 AM

17. Yes.....that's a great idea.

I have a lot of seed hulls beneath my feeders, too. I will clean those up. I hadn't thought about doing that, so thank you for suggesting it.

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Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Original post)

Fri Jun 25, 2021, 05:04 AM

6. I think this would also be appropriate for Environment & Energy

We do report news on wildlife populations there.

Environment & Energy (Group)
https://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=forum&id=1127


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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Reply #6)

Fri Jun 25, 2021, 05:27 AM

7. Thanks, Rhiannon, will do.

Hope things are going well for you and that this damn bug does not spread to your little flying critters in New York.


KY..........

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Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Reply #7)

Fri Jun 25, 2021, 05:37 AM

8. I sure hope not as well!

E&E is a fairly active Group so that might spread the word.

I love hearing the birds when I go out in the morning with my dog. My mother and grandmother were serious bird lovers, I learned about the birds from them.

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Reply #8)

Fri Jun 25, 2021, 06:43 AM

14. I suspect humans may have learned the Serenity Prayer from the birds.



KY..........

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Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Reply #14)

Fri Jun 25, 2021, 06:47 AM

15. Having watched the birds going about their lives, I can well imagine that.

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Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Original post)

Fri Jun 25, 2021, 06:03 AM

9. Thank you posting!!

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Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Original post)

Fri Jun 25, 2021, 06:17 AM

10. We are so fvvvked

Ecosystems, diversity, population balance, species, locales, climate, purity .... you know the issues.

There are even scientists and doctors studying our gut bacteria as a source of flawed thinking, aggressiveness.

We, the Earth that is, are headed for a major period of out-of-whack-ism.

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Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Original post)

Fri Jun 25, 2021, 06:18 AM

11. Thank you for getting the word out. We took our feeders down last week when we heard

About the problem. Itís hard to see the birds come looking for their food and not find it but I know itís the right thing to do, to remove the feeders. We havenít seen any dead or noticeably sick birds this summer. I hope so much they discover the problem and it is resolved soon.

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Response to LiberalLoner (Reply #11)

Fri Jun 25, 2021, 06:39 AM

13. I'm catching hell this morning.

Took all my feeders down during the night. Looked/listened outside this morning and particularly the Cardinals and Chickadees are fussing up a storm at me. I do love it when they talk to me from the trees when I go out to fill the feeders in normal times.

I'm expecting an organized protest later in the day, LOL. I have plenty the bird version of the Air Force's F-104 (bluejays) so I'll be watching my back.

KY

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Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Reply #13)

Fri Jun 25, 2021, 06:47 AM

16. LOL stay strong, we have to hold the line to stop the bird pandemic! 👍🙏

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