Date: 9/5/18 6:10 am From: Jonathan Jones <brewbird...> Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Dead Blue Jay
The only feedback I got was this old document suggesting that they don’t test birds for West Nile anymore.
In any case, the point is moot, because something took the bird only a couple of days after I posted the question.
> On Aug 22, 2018, at 12:34 PM, <mresch8702...> wrote:
> I saw on the news last night that authorities are finding many mosquitoes that are testing positive for West Nile across the commonwealth. As a result - "the Department of Public Health announced Tuesday that it was raising the risk level for the mosquito-borne disease from low to moderate in every city and town in the state. It's only the second time officials have taken that step."
> And at least in the past, larger species including Jays and Crows were particularly susceptible. Here's a link to a 2012 document saying that dead birds are no longer being tested - at least that was the story as of 2012 -
> https://www.mass.gov/files/documents/2016/07/ue/faq-dead-birds.pdf <https://www.mass.gov/files/documents/2016/07/ue/faq-dead-birds.pdf> >
> With all our rain this year, it must be a great year to be a mosquito!
> Mike Resch
> www.statebirding.blogspot.com <http://www.statebirding.blogspot.com/> > Pepperell, MA
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jonathan Jones <brewbird...>
> To: MassBird <massbird...>
> Sent: Wed, Aug 22, 2018 10:02 am
> Subject: [MASSBIRD] Dead Blue Jay
> Hi folks,
> We have a dead Blue Jay in our yard. The cause of death is not obvious, and it is far enough away from the house that a window strike seems unlikely.
> Because of concerns about West Nile virus, should I report this? If so, to whom?
> Jonathan Jones