A mystery eye disease is affecting birds across the Mid-Atlantic region. Ornithologists are trying to figure out what is happening to the birds. To help stop the spread bird lovers and scientists have asked that we take down our feeders.
Many birds species, particularly those that visit feeders regularly have been spotted with symptoms of the disease. Symptoms include crusty eyes and seizures.
They have reported dead birds in Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and Kentucky. If you are not n those areas, be on the lookout for the symptoms.
I took down my feeders and bird water cooler last weekend. I disinfected them with a 10% bleach solution as scientists suggested. I won’t put the feeders back until we get an all clear.
I truly miss the watching the birds fly in for a quick drink of water and then zoom off to more adventures. But I am a big girl. I put on my big girl pants and took down my feeders.
Read more about the mysterious disease here on Penn State Extension Service’s website.
Updates on Mysterious Eye Disease Affecting Birds
As of this writing (December 14, 2021, I haven’t read anything that the mysterious bird eye disease which affected birds in eastern and central North America has not been identified.
Here are the articles I could find related to the disease.
‘Mystery’ bird illness cases on the decline, Cornell Lab says (Ames Tribune, August 12, 2021)
In August 2021, the public was told the disease spread was subsiding and it was again safe to put out feeders.
GAME COMMISSION LIFTS RECOMMENDATION TO CEASE FEEDING BIRDS (Pa.gov, August 13, 2021)