[Tweeters] Goldfinch: injured or sick?

Lynn Tjerne lynnt-wa at comcast.net
Tue Jul 2 19:41:28 PDT 2013

Looks like how some pine siskin's look when they get sick from salmonella .
Also they way you describe it's not being afraid . but someone with more
expertise may come along with another idea.

Hoping that all will be well

Lynn Tjerne

South Hill - Puyallup WA

Backyard Wildlife Habitat No. 37145

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[mailto:tweeters-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Kimberly
Sent: Tuesday, July 2, 2013 8:11 AM
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Subject: [Tweeters] Goldfinch: injured or sick?

When I first spotted the American Goldfinch at the feeder I thought it might
be a fledgling. But I knew something wasn't right and, I thought to myself,
a young goldfinch is more cinnamon colored than yellow-grey.

As I got a closer look, I could see that there was a dullness to her eyes,
her feathers were soiled (perhaps with blood?), and she remained puffed up
and hunched throughout the visit. And while I don't actually "hope" that she
is injured, I would prefer it to her being ill and infecting the whole

It's the puffy eyes that have me worried. Has anyone ever know an injured
bird to have puffy eyes? I have only seen it in infected birds before. If
this is the beginning of a virus going though my flocks, I know I'll need to
pull my feeders pronto.

See photos here:

Thanks, y'all. km

Kimberly Mason, p/SSG <http://www.sistersofsaintgregory.org/>
Cinebar, WA
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