Yumi found this dead Pine Siskin yesterday. She picked it up using a plastic bag, and buried it.
She found it near the Green townhouse complex on Southridge Dr. in SE Burnaby, not far from Taylor Park Elementary School.
It exhibited the symptoms of salmonellosis — emaciated, discharge at mouth, etc. Do not touch birds with bare hands, this can spread to other species.
Please take down your feeders, folks, as more cases of salmonellosis are being reported. Apparently Pine Siskins are particularly vulnerable as they flock to feeders around this time of year.
The advice is to take your feeder down for at least two weeks, and clean up any seeds on the ground.
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