[Tweeters] NOT A GOOD FINCH YEAR! at Marymoor Park (Redmond, King Co)

Mike Stropki stropkimike at gmail.com
Mon Dec 23 10:09:00 PST 2019


I have observed several with extreme unilateral eye inflammation, but no
leg issues. Seems to be isolated to the males. Observed at feeders.

Mike
Whidbey Island



On Mon, Dec 23, 2019 at 1:04 PM Allison Reak <areak823 at gmail.com> wrote:


> My back yard in Seattle has had a non-stop flood of house finches all

> winter, as usual, but about 30 percent have one eye occluded by various

> deformities, ranging from a slight squint to a pea-sized lump. Almost all

> afflicted birds are blind on the right side. No growths have been apparent

> on their legs, which is where I have noticed avian pox deformities in past

> years, so maybe this is conjunctivitis. Or both. Is anyone else seeing so

> many sick birds? It's alarming.

>

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