Date: 10/10/17 9:31 am
From: Pete Givan <rocinrobin...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Dead house sparrows
On Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 7:25:57 AM UTC-4, Rick Borchelt wrote:
> When you say you had them drop dead, did you actually watch them expire or find the carcasses under the feeder?
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> On Oct 9, 2017, at 11:35 PM, Linda Just <lju......> wrote:
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> 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.
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> Lin Just
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> On Mon, Oct 9, 2017 at 11:41 PM JAMES SPEICHER <jugor......> wrote:
> On 10/9/17, Logan Kline <logan.k......> wrote:
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> I have had two male house sparrows drop dead at my feeder in the past
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> eight days...
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> Hi
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> Hmmmmmmmmmmmm a coincidence seems most likely.
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> You mention disinfecting your feeder, but not how.  If I was doing
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> that I would use a 10% bleach solution, then follow with a water
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> rinse.  You'll feel better, but it will likely not make any difference
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> in terms of bird health as the initial cleanliness [sp] would rapidly
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> degrade. We probably do a disservice to wild birds by feeding them so
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> much of the year.  I've cut back my feeding to the span from mid-Jan
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> to mid-May in hopes that diseases will be less likely to spread among
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> the feeding birds on that schedule.
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> I searched for "bird feeding problems" to see what might show, but
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> nothing stands out:
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> http://www.bing.com/search?q=bird+feeding+problems&form=HPNTDF&pc=HPNTDF&src=IE-SearchBox
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> If you are using commercial seed, it's unlikely there is a problem
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> unless the seed has been stored improperly after purchase.
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> Jim Speicher
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> BroadRun/Burkittsville area
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> [FR] Frederick County MD
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> M.O.S. member Washington [WA] Co Chapter
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Is it only House Sparrows or have other birds been affected as well?

Pete Givan

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