[Tweeters] Pine Siskins ill and dying

Steven Dammer dammerecologist1990 at gmail.com
Tue Dec 29 13:49:40 PST 2020

Thank you for the update!

I noticed I had a Pine Siskin at my feeder that was moving a bit slower
than the rest recently. Still alert and active, but slow enough that I was
able to walk right up to it and have it hop onto my finger (It may have
just been a particularly gluttonous Siskin though, since it wouldn't stop

I did make sure to wash my feeder out with hot water and bleach last night,
however. I'm hoping that by doing so once a week should be enough.


Steven D.

On Tue, Dec 29, 2020 at 1:18 PM Izzy & Kendrick <gobirder at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi all,


> As of this morning, I’ve seen several random reports in the Seattle area

> of folks with seed feeders finding sick or dead Pine Siskin. It appears

> that, especially with the large numbers of these birds around this year,

> that they are quite possibly spreading salmonella and who knows what else.


> This is a reminder to disinfect your feeders and birdbaths as often as

> possible.


> We have personally opted to take our feeders down, at least for a while.

> The PISI have been aggressively dominating the feeders, so it seems like

> the best decision at this time.


> I have also heard about PISI striking several windows in our neighborhood.

> Yet another reason for us to remove the feeders.


> Thank you for keeping our birds safe,

> izzy arévalo wong

> seattle wa



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