Date: 9/5/18 6:10 am
From: Jonathan Jones <brewbird...>
Subject: Re: [MASSBIRD] Dead Blue Jay
Hi folks,

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.

Thank you!
Jonathan Jones
Wrentham, MA

> 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?
>
> Thanks,
> Jonathan Jones
> Wrentham


 
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