Date: 4/5/21 12:46 pm
From: John Blackwell <john.a.blackwell51...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Pine siskins and feeders
Thanks to all for the responses. I had stopped filling my feeders regularly
but will return to normal now. I felt caution was in order until we had
more data. Now we do. Thanks again.

John A. Blackwell
Columbus, Tx. Colorado County

On Mon, Apr 5, 2021, 12:15 Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...> wrote:

> So glad you said "in some parts of the country" A recent report from LSU
> showed that numerous bird bodies, including perhaps from the Austin
> region, tested for salmonella showed no traces of the disease in any of
> the samples of siskins and goldfinches they analyzed and that the quick
> deaths of these birds do not indicate such a reason. They did not however
> know/say what to contribute the deaths too. Others elsewhere postulate
> that there may be poisons or toxins in the various feeds. I don't know but
> remain skeptical of the local salmonella proposal. My feeders remain up
> with lots of finches and not a single sign of any fatalities since the big
> freeze. For the Austin area, one should follow their conscience in terms
> of leaving feeders up. I personally would like to see clinical proof of
> this reported malady for the Central Texas region instead of Facebook posts
> and hearsay before I completely buy into this. I have posted Paul's
> letter previously to Texbird FB and elsewhere. Thanks, John.
> On Mon, Apr 5, 2021 at 10:50 AM John Blackwell <
> <john.a.blackwell51...> wrote:
>> I had a lot of pine siskins in the winter as did many others. I'm now
>> getting droves of them in spurts. They last a day or less and then another
>> bunch comes in a day or two later. My question is about feeders in our area
>> with respect to the salmonella outbreak in some parts of the country. Is
>> there much evidence of it around here and other than normal good cleaning
>> practicing should additional measures be taken? I thought I would ask
>> directly as I hadn't seen much local commentary on the topic.
>> John A. Blackwell
>> Columbus, Tx. Colorado County
> --
> Brush Freeman
> <>
> Utley & Cedar Park, Texas

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