What’s Making Mid-Atlantic Songbirds Sick?


The U. S. Geological Survey is recommending people temporarily take down bird feeders and clean out bird baths with mysterious ailment sickening and killing thousands of song birds in the mid Atlantic states the reporting sick birds started coming in late April and it seems juvenile birds may be most susceptible most of the ailing birds have been fledgling blue jays American robins hers here European starlings like this one in common grackles the other songbirds have also been affected the main visible symptoms are swollen eyes are crusted discharge around the eyes as well as off balance movements that may indicate neurological damage scientists are yet to determine the cause but have ruled out a number of viruses that commonly afflict birds early reports came from Maryland Virginia West Virginia Kentucky and Washington DC well more recent reports have come from Pennsylvania Delaware New Jersey Ohio and Indiana I'm Ben Thomas

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