Date: 10/9/17 8:41 pm From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Dead house sparrows
On 10/9/17, Logan Kline <logan.kline1997...> wrote: I have had two male house sparrows drop dead at my feeder in the past eight days...
Hmmmmmmmmmmmm a coincidence seems most likely.
You mention disinfecting your feeder, but not how. If I was doing that I would use a 10% bleach solution, then follow with a water rinse. You'll feel better, but it will likely not make any difference in terms of bird health as the initial cleanliness [sp] would rapidly degrade. We probably do a disservice to wild birds by feeding them so much of the year. I've cut back my feeding to the span from mid-Jan to mid-May in hopes that diseases will be less likely to spread among the feeding birds on that schedule.
If you are using commercial seed, it's unlikely there is a problem unless the seed has been stored improperly after purchase.
Jim Speicher BroadRun/Burkittsville area [FR] Frederick County MD M.O.S. member Washington [WA] Co Chapter
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