4343Yellow-billed Magpies & West Nile Virus
- Sep 5, 2005Hi Michelle,
That is good news. Can use some these days.
Would you like to document the number of Magpies that you see?
You could just count/estimate the ones flying over, or roosting, or
nesting in your neighborhood.
I keep the tally on my computer.
Here is a link for information about counting Magpies.
Sacramento/Davis has been the epicenter for WNV in California this year.
I hope that it doesn't get to your Magpies.
Thank you and take care.
On Sep 4, 2005, at 5:36 PM, Michelle Burkey wrote:
> Hi Gary
> I live in North Fairfield and am still seeing large flocks of YBM's
> every morning and evening. I saw several flocks of at least 50+ this
> morning and expect they'll be back this evening. I estimate at least
> 200 a day go over coming and going each day here.
> At 03:50 PM 9/4/2005 -0700, you wrote:
>> Hi Debbie,
>> That is a good observation by your friend. Might be the work of an
>> Accipiter. Hope so.
>> I read that there are fewer reports of dead birds in the
>> Davis/Sacramento area.
>> It might be because the virus has run its course, or that there are
>> fewer birds left to die.
>> I'm still finding Magpies in my census area, and pockets of Magpies
>> I hope that these have developed an immunity to the WNV, and will be
>> nesting next spring.
>> I don't see large flocks of Magpies flying in and out of Davis at
>> and dusk like I did last year at this time.
>> I'll keep counting Magpies to document a trend, which as of now, is
>> Thank you Debbie, and take care.
>> Gary Zamzow
>> Davis, CA
>> On Sep 4, 2005, at 9:19 AM, Debbie Viess wrote:
>> > Hi Gary,
>> > My data at this point on WNV in Stellers is circumstantial. A gal
>> > that lives close by Huckleberry Preserve in the Oakland Hills
>> tells me
>> > that jays have been abundant at her feeders. If that is still
>> > currently the case, then perhaps my concern has been misguided. The
>> > feather piles and carcass could have been caused by an acciipiter.
>> > will continue to monitor, and let you know if I obtain more and
>> > data; if I find an intact carcass, I will send it off.
>> > Debbie
>> > Hi Debbie,
>> > Is West Nile in the Bay Area, and the Oakland Hills?
>> > If it is, and there are lots of mosquitos, Steller's Jays could be
>> > vulnerable.
>> > Please let me//us know if you hear anything about the Steller's.
>> > Take care,
>> > Gary Zamzow
>> > Davis, CA
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