You know Dan and I are avid bird watchers and we keep our bird feeders full AND CLEAN. And we know that the price of sunflower seed has doubled in the past year and thistle seed is going up in price too (so that is why the title). However, this is NOT the way I had hoped to save money....
Lately we have been noticing housefinches and pine siskins that have something wrong with their eyes; they are squinty eyed and their face feathers look wet. And you can get just about to these birds before they even notice you.
So, I called the wildlife biologist today and explained the situation. She in turn called the vet. She called me back with the following information.
This condition is HIGHLY CONTAGIOUS AMONG BIRDS. It is called mycoplasmosis. And in order for Dan and I to help save our fine feathered friends, we will need to remove all feeders for up to two weeks (except for hummer feeders) and we may possibly decide to remove the bird baths for that time as well. The good news is this time of year, the birds don’t really need us to feed them, but the bad news is they are USED TO IT and we will feel so guilty when they come knocking on the windows wanting to know why we’ve abandoned them.
I am giving you the address to get to the area of the website so you can read about this disease.
Go to . Once there look on the left hand side of the page and click on Wildlife habitat. When you get to that page, scroll down, left hand side, to Wildlife disease and UNDER that you will see Michigan Wildlife Disease Manual. Click on that and you will end up at a listing of the wildlife diseases. Scroll down to Mycoplasmosis and click on it. It is a lengthy article so that is why I am not copying the article for you. .michigan. /
PLEASE PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR BIRDS AT THE FEEDERS. If this is going on, you need to help keep it from spreading. It was suggested to us to even assist further we should “put any birds we see suffering from this condition out of their misery”….if you get my drift. I don’t want PETA people down my throat or down the DNR’s throat but IT IS HIGHLY CONTAGIOUS AND THAT SICK BIRD YOU SEE IS GOING TO DIE ANYWAY. Don’t let the little thing suffer further and help keep it from spreading.
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