Some Indiana counties with urban hubs should still not feed birds, mystery of deaths not solved

New advice to bird lovers was given early Monday afternoon on the updated webpage about mysterious songbird deaths, created by Indiana’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

People in 16 Indiana counties should continue to refrain from feeding birds, in order to reduce the chance of promoting a pattern of dead and dying birds.

The pattern was first noticed in late June. It could be caused by a pathogen that is spread from bird to bird, but that’s still not known.

The DNR’s previous advice against feeding birds applied statewide.

The malady involves eye swelling and crusty discharge, as well as neurological signs. Similar reports have come from Washington D.C., Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, according to the US Geological survey.

Affected species include: American robin, blue jay, brown-headed cowbird, common grackle, European starling, various species of sparrows and finches, and northern cardinal. Continue reading “Some Indiana counties with urban hubs should still not feed birds, mystery of deaths not solved”