Posted by: atowhee | March 21, 2020


Smart first,  Marieannette, an inveterate bird watcher and feeder in Ashland sent me this pic of her local male Downy.  He plucked this nut from the feeder, than poked it into the suet hole where it was held steady for him to chip away.downy--mam2Smarting…this poor little Lesser Goldfinch shows up daily in our garden with horrid foot-swelling ailment.big footI have read that avian pox can affect feet, is that what I’m dealing with?  It would mean I should stop feeding and try to decontaminate…at least it’s not coronavirus but could be as bad for the finches…life in an era of  microbial revenge.

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