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Mon May 16 09:06:52 CDT 2022
Here’s my two cents:
The only professional body that has made that recommendation is the Raptor Center, and their main concern is raptors. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center and the DNR, all of which put resources towards all species of birds, have not made similar statements.
I’m surprised, and maybe I shouldn’t be, that the Raptor Center made a statement and all of the media stations went with it without exploring what others professionals had to say….and naturally, the public followed suit without doing any homework.
Granted, there’s still more to be learned about this strain. However I don’t think there’s been a case of a songbird testing positive.
If someone lives near water and has fowl visiting their yard, or if they have backyard chickens, they should probably not be feeding seed or suet which can attract fowl and cause them to congregate, encouraging the spread of this disease.
Since corvids carry this disease, platform feeders and trays should likely also not be used. Removing my platforms and trays has greatly reduced the number of blue jays in my yard. I now have a single pair of jays that will not leave, but they are not visiting my feeders any longer.
> On May 16, 2022, at 6:08 AM, Karen Larson via Mnbird <mnbird at lists.mnbird.net> wrote:
> I am loving all the birds I have at my feeders this year, but the reason is none of my neighbors are feeding because of the news media telling people not to feed birds. I wonder if one of you with authority could let the news media know it's okay to feed?
> Thanks - Karen Larson, St Cloud
>> On Sun, May 15, 2022 at 9:28 PM Trisha * via Mnbird <mnbird at lists.mnbird.net> wrote:
>> Hi Mary Ann,
>> I’m surprised you haven’t seen them prior as they migrate North to the UMN Ecosystem Science Reserve and I would think they would pass through Lino. I’m in East Bethel, right by the preserve, so I’m lucky they visit my feeders regularly. I’m a volunteer on the project and we are currently collecting tracking information to learn where they overwinter in the years they migrate (some overwinter here, some leave, each year is a bit different; something else we’re learning!). If you see more, keep an eye out for backpacks (GPS trackers) and leg bands!
>> When I zoom in on your picture, it appears the bird may have bands. Could you check your husband’s pictures and see if any of them show bands? I would be so curious as to if we can identify this individual!
>> > On May 15, 2022, at 1:36 PM, MARY ANN MCDOUGAL via Mnbird <mnbird at lists.mnbird.net> wrote:
>> > At 6:45 this morn (5-15-22) I happened to look out the kitchen window and the first thing I could say to myself was “WHAT?”
>> > In the 47 years I’ve lived on this property I have never seen a Red Headed Woodpecker here. It was in the feeder eating sunflower hearts. It has been beck several times so we have lots of photos. My husband took this one about noon.
>> > Mary Ann
>> > SW Lino Lakes
>> > Anoka Co.
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