Date: 10/10/18 7:18 am From: Joe Tucker <000001df0ca37a3b-dmarc-request...> Subject: Eye mites?
I went out to my suet feeder this morning to fill it and on one of my gravity seed feeders sat a male House Finch. What immediately struck me was the fact it did not fly away as I was standing a mere two feet from it. My firs thought was it was a baby newly fledged, but no, to late in the season, and it was fully feathered and colored. As I looked closely t it, both eyes were crusted over. It simply could not see me. I went into the house to get my camera and it had hopped to my Holly bush. I managed a couple of pics when its left eye managed to open enough to see me and it flew away.
My question to the group is: Have you seen this? Is it most likely a really bad case of eye mites? I know this poor bird is doomed. I could not see where it flew to in the adjacent tree.