A sad story has been in the news in Indiana. Birds are mysteriously dying. Songbirds. Robins, blue jays, grackles, starlings, and cardinals. First it happened in 5 counties, then 15, now it is up to 40. The birds have neurological symptoms of illness and swollen, crusty eyes. Tests are negative for Avian Flu and West Nile Virus. Research is underway to identify the cause.
Everyone has been advised to take bird feeders down. Social distancing for birds.
Since Spring this year, I have enjoyed birdsong in the mornings. Even as these reports began, I still have been hearing birds every morning. I took my two bird feeders down, though. It seemed, as it often does when you hear something on the news, it’s not going to happen to me.
First thing this morning my daughter texted: We have dead birds all over the sidewalks in our apartment complex.