Date: 9/15/20 12:24 pm From: John and Fritzie Blizzard <job121830...> Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Female hummer (& squirrel fibromas)
Union Springs .. Just had a female hummingbird at the feeder at 2:43 p.m. She looks plump so hopefully she's getting a good supply of insects to get protein to put on body fat for her long, treacherous, strenuous journey. She took 17 long sips of sugar water.
Gold finches were also here, busy feeding young & titmice arrived back today, in force, at the feeders. I put out my first suet cake today. All in the crab apple tree outside my window.
I am not really missing them but I've had no house sparrows for at least a mo.. My family of crows deserted me last winter.
Two gray squirrels were here for 2 or 3 wks., both with many warty lumps on face, necks & sides. The eye on one was completely covered with the tumor & the ears were mis-shapened & flat against the head.
I found out from the Northeast Wildlife Disease Cooperative that they have a "pox" virus called squirrel fibromatosis virus or fibroma. This type virus also is found in deer, rabbits & woodchucks & is known to be transmitted by fleas & mosquitoes & probably by close contact with other animals of the same kind & by fighting where the skin is broken. With squirrels it can affect internal organs & cause death. Nothing was said about birds but it's not transmissible to humans.