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Males Green Finch

By Russell_Charles
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

Tags: Birds Wild Male Green finch Wildlife and nature

Voters: NaturesHaven, Jasper87, gwynn56 and 12 more

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NaturesHaven 6 283 6 England
29 Aug 2012 7:25AM
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.



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Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
29 Aug 2012 7:52AM
Thanks for the information, Russell, I'm sure there are many that aren't aware. May even be worth a general forum entry.

NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
29 Aug 2012 9:11AM
A sad thought, hover a rather beautiful photograph to distract our minds if only for short period of time.

Regards Nathan
Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
29 Aug 2012 2:28PM
Lovely bird - sad report though.
B/g blends nicely with bird's plumage.
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
29 Aug 2012 2:32PM
How sad, Russell, nature is not very kind sometimes Sad Carol
Leilani 13 29 3 England
29 Aug 2012 3:35PM
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
29 Aug 2012 3:56PM
Sad words indeed Sad to accompany such a good photo of a pretty bird.
carper123 Plus
6 1.1k 8 United Kingdom
29 Aug 2012 5:25PM
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
29 Aug 2012 11:34PM
Great information, didn't know of the problem
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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