Re: [northbaybirds] Salmonella-Pine Siskin deaths

Sally M. Walters

California Department of Fish and Wildlife does not have a more current weblink post. However, Oregon and Washington Departments of Fish and Wildlife have recent posts. There are non government websites posting current information.  I have requested the California DFW to up date their post to 20/21.  We shall see if they do.
The message is the same: remove feeders and baths that concentrate birds and spread disease.  Clean them and wait some period of time - mid February - before putting them up. This promotes social distancing in birds as they feed naturally.   

The word is out!

Sally M Walters

On Jan 15, 2021, at 8:42 AM, <rscimino@...> <rscimino@...> wrote:

Hi Good Morning to All,

Yesterday Bird Watching magazine hosted a zoom presentation hosted by Laura
Laura address's the past and current finch (siskins) family of diseases.
It is an enjoyable presentation, slow at times but she gets to the point.
I think the zoom is available - Here is the link:

Rich Cimino
Marin County

-----Original Message-----
From: <> On Behalf Of Diane
Sent: Friday, January 15, 2021 12:11 AM
To: Sally M. Walters <bajaowl@...>; cvbirds
Subject: Re: [northbaybirds] Salmonella-Pine Siskin deaths

This particular article seems to be from 2016.  Is there more recent info in
Portland reported deaths in late 2020.
Diane Hichwa

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More Tail Wagging!!!    Less Barking!!
Millie 2007

On 1/14/21, 7:01 PM, "Sally M. Walters" < on behalf
of bajaowl@...> wrote:

In summary, due to salmonella reported in Pine Siskins and other 
finches, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and 
National Audubon recommend removing your feeders and bird baths for 
some time period.  I would add scatter your seed about the yard in leaf 
piles and other natural feeding locations - social distancing in birds.  
FACT CHECK what you hear with scientific sources like eBird, or 
California Department of Fish and Games information under salmonella 
and Pine Siskin.  Both Oregon and Washington have similar posts 
regarding dying Pine Siskins.  I heard it was on the North Coast, now 
to the San Francisco Bay Area. Today I read that Redding and now Sacramento
reported deaths.   Please check this website for more details.

Sally M Walters
RETIRED Wildlife Biologist

Sally M Walters

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