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PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2007 6:28 am 
Mystery illness grounds birdies
Experts have not identified causes leading to mass death of birds
[b]By Michael Hines/Times Record News[/b]
[b]June 9, 2007 [/b]
A mysterious ailment seems to be killing area birds, and that has one local expert worried.
The influx of dead birds has been about par based on what staffers can tell at the Wild Bird Rescue organization. Still, there has been an up-tick in concern. For about a month, about one or two calls have come in daily about dead birds. What's really caught staff members' attention has been the manner of death.
"We don't know" what the cause is, said Bob Lindsay, executive director.
Mostly grackles have been hard struck, a change considering the grackle and blue jay populations that succumbed to West Nile Virus in past years. Many of the baby birds this year have looked jaundiced. Poisoning doesn't seem likely, Lindsay said.
"That would have to be localized" and coming from a particular location, Lindsay said. "We're getting them from all over town."
The other factor could be the sheer size of the bird population. A fairly nice spring brought rain, shine and bountiful time for much of the wildlife.
"There's been a burst of babies. We've had the first real spring in seven or eight years," Lindsay said. "We're seeing a lot more birds this year."
That's shown up in the numbers of birds being brought in for care.
Just the first five months of 2007 have nearly caught up with all of 2006's totals, and the first week of June shows no signs of slowing. So while 2006 saw 657 birds brought in, 2007 has had 413 so far. In the first seven days of June, 80 birds arrived.
Now conditions have put some of those fliers in peril.
Along with whatever physically has claimed the chicks, parasites also seem to play a role. Lindsay noted that many birds are carrying mites. The insects don't dine on humans because people's body temperature is too low. Birds, however, have become a feast.
"Some have come back almost school-bus yellow and almost no blood in their system" because of mites, Lindsay said.
What's more, recent storms have dropped above-average levels of precipitation on Wichita Falls. Those storms have produced strong winds to knock down nests or even entire branches.
"The moisture means better production," Lindsay said. "We're going to have a lot of bugs this season."
That's the situation being seen at the Wichita Falls-Wichita County Public Health District's vector and animal control units. Callers report several baby birds knocked to the ground.
"They get blown out of the trees, they get blown out of the air," said Susan Morris, zoonosis administrator for the Wichita Falls-Wichita County Public Health District.
But the numbers of dead birds hasn't seemed out of the ordinary.
"No more, no less," she said. "We've had some calls but not overwhelming."
Two dead bird calls have come into the agency so far this year. Last year at this time, seven calls had come in. Eighteen such calls came into the health department for all of 2006.
Lindsay wants to make sure nothing more dire is getting underway. He's encouraged visitors to inform the health department and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department of dead bird findings.
"We're as puzzled as everybody else with this yellow thing," he said.
Medical/military reporter Michael Hines can be reached at 940-720-3456 or by email at HinesM(at)TimesRecordNews.com

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Speaking of birds and cryptozoology, think about this big black bird with a wingspan of between 15 to 20 feet, swooping down around you.......

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[i]One of those mysterious stories that just never goes away.......[/i]


I have absolutely nothing clever to say......but I'm workin' on it.

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