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Taken with a degree of sadness. We (Essex) like many areas in the UK (as confirmed by London Zoo) have been suffering a decline in wild birds due to a disease that effects their crop making them unable to swallow food and ultimately starve to death. It can be passed via saliva or droppings. It is parasitic in nature and whilst there is a treatment by the time you are able to catch a wild bird it is generally too late. This year we have lost six finches and a Dove that was taken to a wildlife centre still alive. It is not associated with food stations and in any case ours are regularly cleaned and replenished. If you look on line at RSPB sites and London Zoo you can obtain further information. The vets at the zoo are desperate to acquire the bodies of freshly deceased birds for research.

Apparently this disease has been recorded globally.

Morbid but you need to know

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Title:Males Green Finch
Username:Russell_Charles Russell_Charles
Uploaded:29 Aug 2012 - 6:55 AM
Tags:Birds, Green finch, Male, Wild, Wildlife / nature
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NaturesHaven
NaturesHaven e2 Member 2253 forum postsNaturesHaven vcard England5 Constructive Critique Points
29 Aug 2012 - 7:25 AM

Touching wood as I write, this breeding season I have not seen this awful disease, last year was very different, it affected the Sparrows, Goldfinches, Greenfinches and the Doves.

Like you my feeders and water stations are cleaned on a regular basis, I have a swap and clean system, the water stations are cleaned daily (why do they poo in the water........TongueTongueTongueTongue).

The funny thing is I've never seen a bird with this disease dead, they go away to die.

Cheers

Julia

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41054 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England136 Constructive Critique Points
29 Aug 2012 - 7:52 AM

Thanks for the information, Russell, I'm sure there are many that aren't aware. May even be worth a general forum entry.

Dave

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NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 43242 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom103 Constructive Critique Points
29 Aug 2012 - 9:11 AM

A sad thought, hover a rather beautiful photograph to distract our minds if only for short period of time.

Regards Nathan

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Irishkate
Irishkate e2 Member 4Irishkate vcard United Kingdom73 Constructive Critique Points
29 Aug 2012 - 2:28 PM

Lovely bird - sad report though.
B/g blends nicely with bird's plumage.
KateGrinGrinGrin

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece17 Constructive Critique Points
29 Aug 2012 - 2:32 PM

How sad, Russell, nature is not very kind sometimes Sad Carol

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Leilani
Leilani  1029 forum posts England3 Constructive Critique Points
29 Aug 2012 - 3:35 PM

Very sad Sad Guess it's natures way of culling and those who are strongest survive to make a new batch, hopefully this will be the case and we will see the decline end. Lovely shot! Smile

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fificat100
fificat100 e2 Member 3fificat100 vcard Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
29 Aug 2012 - 3:56 PM

Sad words indeed Sad to accompany such a good photo of a pretty bird.
Lavina

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carper123
carper123 e2 Member 283 forum postscarper123 vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
29 Aug 2012 - 5:25 PM

Thats a great capture Russell, well done, really like the catchlights in the eye, really lifts the image, good detail and lighting.
Nice one..
Darryl. SmileSmileSmile

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ChristineD
ChristineD e2 Member 8ChristineD vcard England
29 Aug 2012 - 11:34 PM

Great information, didn't know of the problem

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Russell_Charles

Sadly we now stand at eight birds dead. Mostly finches and possibly a Dove. Can I urge anyone experiencing these issues to please make contact with London Zoo. Details on the internet.

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