The Songs Are Dying

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.

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5 Responses to The Songs Are Dying

  1. cvarsalona says:

    This is sad news, Diane. I have been following the story but hearing that there are dead birds on sidewalks is very disheartening. There seems to be more bad news all the time.

  2. Jill Bless says:

    I found my first dead bird on Monday. I had put up bird feeders for the first time ever this spring and was enjoying hearing the birds. I too have taken mine down. I have a cardinal that keeps giving me the evil eye, wondering where they are!

  3. arjeha says:

    How terrible. We have two bird feeders and really enjoy watching and listening to the birds. Hope the cause and a solution can be found.

  4. I love listening to bird songs in the morning. I hadn’t heard anything about this. I hope a solution and cause are found.

  5. Leigh Anne Eck says:

    I saw this sad story, too. I didn’t realize it was up to 40 counties. Very sad news.

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