Date: 8/24/19 12:02 pm
From: Paul Stensvaag <red.tail1960...> [ILbirds] <ILbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: IBET Tame Goldfinch Update...
so what was once a happy thing is now a story that just gets more
saddening as it unfolds.

Since i do not have the time to research this today I am now wondering if
the source of this malady is the feeder or seed or fountain...3 finches on
the feeder presently.


On Sat, Aug 24, 2019, 1:32 PM Tamima Itani <tamimaitani...> wrote:

> Hi Paul,
>
> I am afraid this may be finch eye disease, which is highly contagious and
> results in the death of the finch. Please google it online. If you
> believe that may be it, as hard as it may be you will need to take your
> feeder down and sterilize it (chlorine bleach), otherwise you other finches
> feeding at this feeder will also get the disease.
>
> This will be a tough decision as the finch will loose its source of food.
> One option is to remove the feeder as soon as he has fed.
>
> Best wishes,
>
> Tamima
>
> On Aug 24, 2019, at 1:15 PM, Allen Yow <ayow...> [ILbirds] <
> <ILbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>
>
>
> Dear Paul:
>
> Thank you for sharing this story and for your kindness.
>
> Allen
>
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> *From:* <ILbirds...> <ILbirds...> on behalf of
> Paul Stensvaag <red.tail1960...> [ILbirds] <
> <ILbirds-noreply...>
> *Sent:* Saturday, August 24, 2019 12:52:57 PM
> *To:* ilbirds <ilbirds...>
> *Subject:* IBET Tame Goldfinch Update...
>
>
>
> This lovely creature is blind. While at the feeder, he perched upon my
> finger and I observed the eyes closely...blindness explains 3 things to me:
>
> #1 At the thistle feeder, he perches with one foot elevated to the feeder
> while the right foot is on the perch branch itself - creating additional
> balance and security.
>
> #2 His travels are short distances only. To the Zinnias which are heavily
> blooming within 12 feet of the thistle feeder, or to the White Pine or
> Norway Spruce also very nearby at 14 feet away from the feeder.
>
> #3 Travels 25 feet to the sound of the fountain that runs constantly from
> May => September and must operate as a sound beacon for orientation.
>
> I plan to keep him going safely as long as possible. Can anyone explain
> the blindness? = a bittersweet, story, but lovely garden resident.
>
> Cheers, Paul Stensvaag
> NW IL, County of Cook
> ..
>
>
>

 
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