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avian parasite trichomoniasis

Started this discussion. Last reply by Fern Maltais Jul 16. 17 Replies

Dave Currie, president of the Nova Scotia Bird Society, was on ctv news last evening talking about avian parasite trichomoniasis and how we should remove backyard bird feeders to help prevent spread…Continue

? greater and lesser yellowlegs

Started this discussion. Last reply by Denis A. Doucet Jun 9, 2016. 3 Replies

I saw these two by the pond.One is noticeably larger than the other. Wondering if they are Greater and Lesser yellowlegs together.…Continue

Help data tab

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dwayne Biggar Jan 31, 2015. 1 Reply

I had a computer problem (my son said it was a corrupt driver in the hard drive...whatever that means)and lost the exif data tab . Can anyone tell me how to get it back? I even re-registered with…Continue

id request

Started this discussion. Last reply by Joanne Savage May 11, 2014. 6 Replies

I photographed these geese across the road from my house (and yes,we are still surrounded by water here in Bloomfield). The first two geese in the pic were significantly smaller than the other two.…Continue

 

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Fern Maltais replied to Helen McLaughlin's discussion avian parasite trichomoniasis
"I have seen two that acted like the birds on the cbc news item. They both died."
Jul 16
Paul & Kitty Martin replied to Helen McLaughlin's discussion avian parasite trichomoniasis
"part of the difficulting with waiting to see if you have an infected bird is that we don't watch our feeders every minute of the day.  But I guess it comes down to the fact of why do you feed the birds."
Jul 16
Corvus corax replied to Helen McLaughlin's discussion avian parasite trichomoniasis
"Back during purple finch migration in April, we saw a disturbingly high number of individuals with either this or house finch eye disease. They could barely fly and spent most of the time on the ground. I imagine they either starved or were easily…"
Jul 15
Paul & Kitty Martin replied to Helen McLaughlin's discussion avian parasite trichomoniasis
"I agree with your recommendations Don, I think they are a good guideline to go by if someone is going to feed the birds year round.  "
Jul 14
Paul & Kitty Martin replied to Helen McLaughlin's discussion avian parasite trichomoniasis
"so therefore, by feeding the birds you think it saved them.  Parasites, disease are part of life, in the natural world the weak die or are eaten.  It's like the deer , if they had the natural predators in good numbers , the deer would…"
Jul 14
Don Cafferty replied to Helen McLaughlin's discussion avian parasite trichomoniasis
"Re "... feeding birds in the summer months ups the chance of disease ...", the irony of the situation is that were it not for people feeding the finches the problem might not have been identified as readily if people were not feeding…"
Jul 14
Joanne Savage replied to Helen McLaughlin's discussion avian parasite trichomoniasis
"I feed birds all year around and have seen only 2 ill birds in over 35 + years..... not every illness is related to the one mentioned in the Moncton Nature Line. Feeding year round develops 'feeder loyalty'."
Jul 14
Paul & Kitty Martin replied to Helen McLaughlin's discussion avian parasite trichomoniasis
"question; if you had children in a school and the school had reports that the water in the school might infect the child with a disease, do you just wait it out or do you change the water?   If we decide to interact with the wild around us we…"
Jul 14
Paul & Kitty Martin replied to Helen McLaughlin's discussion avian parasite trichomoniasis
"Really, feeding birds in the summer months ups the chance of disease, there is a huge source of food out there for them in the summer months, bugs, seeds, bone marrow, french fries.... What's more important; the health of the birds or viewing…"
Jul 14
Joanne Savage replied to Helen McLaughlin's discussion avian parasite trichomoniasis
"This disease and some others occur yearly. I have only seen 2 ill birds over 35 + years."
Jul 13
Ferne Beaman replied to Helen McLaughlin's discussion avian parasite trichomoniasis
"Hi Karen;  That's the exact stance that I am taking.  If I see sick birds, I will take mine down.  I hope and pray that I don't see any.  I love watching all the different birds that come to our yard."
Jul 13
Helen McLaughlin replied to Helen McLaughlin's discussion avian parasite trichomoniasis
"Because I haven't seen any sick birds at my feeders ,I think I too will leave them up. I scrubbed and javexed and dried and moved to a new location (just in case) My bird bath is a very old concrete one and although I scub it with a brush…"
Jul 13
Gail Hutchin replied to Helen McLaughlin's discussion avian parasite trichomoniasis
"Thanks, Helen.  Although scary, your post was a very good reminder."
Jul 13
Joanne Savage replied to Helen McLaughlin's discussion avian parasite trichomoniasis
"My first move would be to empty/clean the feeder visited by a sick bird, then replace it. If I note further affected birds, my feeders would come down, be cleaned well and replaced with a small amount of seed after a few days. I would keep a…"
Jul 12
Gail Hutchin replied to Helen McLaughlin's discussion avian parasite trichomoniasis
"This was an interesting observation at the end of a paper by the British Trust for Ornithology: "You may wish to consider stopping feeding if you have an outbreak of the disease at your feeding station, in an attempt to force the birds to feed…"
Jul 12
Danny O'Shea replied to Helen McLaughlin's discussion avian parasite trichomoniasis
"Yes, I had one male purple finch last week that showed the symptoms they mentioned.  It was only seen on the one day.  I have taken down and washed my feeders in bleach; but they are back up for the time being."
Jul 12

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At 7:36am on April 1, 2011, Gerry Mazerolle said…
Welcome to the website Helen.  I hope you enjoy it.
At 6:58am on April 1, 2011, Laura Hare said…
Welcome Helen ... glad you are here and hope you enjoy the site.
 
 
 

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