3178sick House Finches
- Mar 2, 2009I never had House or Purple finches at my feeders until a few showed
up last year. This year I have a large flock visiting on a daily
basis. Unfortunately, I am seeing signs of sickness and have had
several birds turn up dead in the yard. None of the other species
that visit my feeders have been affected, and the finches feed
exclusively on the black oil sunflower seeds, both on a feeding table
and at a couple of feeders. First, I have noticed a puffed-up and
disoriented-seeming finch. They will often not fly away at my
approach, and shortly thereafter I will find them dead on the ground.
Is anyone else experiencing this?
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