Date: 10/10/17 4:26 am
From: Rick Borchelt <rborchelt...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Dead house sparrows
When you say you had them drop dead, did you actually watch them expire or find the carcasses under the feeder?



> On Oct 9, 2017, at 11:35 PM, Linda Just <ljustrn...> wrote:
>
> Could it possibly be pesticides in the bird seed? 5 yrs. ago, Scott's knowingly ignored the EPA's restriction on putting pesticides in the bird seed, causing multiple bird deaths. They were fined, but such a small amount compared to their gross negligence. To this day, I refuse to buy any Scott's products. I even stopped buying their Miracle Gro fertilizer. Don't know if anything like that would be a possibility again, but I wonder.
>
> Lin Just
> Colora, Md., Cecil County
>
>> On Mon, Oct 9, 2017 at 11:41 PM JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> wrote:
>> 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...
>>
>> Hi
>>
>> 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.
>>
>> I searched for "bird feeding problems" to see what might show, but
>> nothing stands out:
>> http://www.bing.com/search?q=bird+feeding+problems&form=HPNTDF&pc=HPNTDF&src=IE-SearchBox
>>
>> 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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