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Oh my God, I'm feeling sick over this.
Eric's been finding dead and/or staggering ,dying sparrows in our backyard for weeks.
At Christmas time he was filling the bird feeding platform with big yougurt containers full of seed at least 3 times a day. Now, he fills it with ONE container, once a WEEK.
The bigger birds like the doves and quails seem to be okay ( for now). But the sparrows are basically gone now.
UPDATE: A mistake by a Metro contractor led to the shutdown of three Metrorail stations yesterday and prompted an investigation by the FBI and local hazardous-materials crews after the contractor spread commercial pest poison at the wrong time of day, a transit agency spokeswoman said.At least 60 birds that apparently ingested the poison, mostly sparrows and starlings, were found dead at six Metrorail stations before the transit agency discovered that its contractor had put out the poison and failed to remove the dead birds as part of the cleanup.
Testing to determine the cause of mass bird deaths in the Esperance area suggests the small number of birds tested died of lead poisoning. Up to 4000 birds were estimated to have died in Esperance between early December and January, and more than 100 bird deaths have been reported in the Esperance townsite this week. Samples of these birds have been submitted for testing.
ESPERANCE children were exposed to an invisible chemical attack on their vulnerable bodies because government agencies - who were meant to protect them - failed to heed their own advice. On the eve of today's parliamentary inquiry into lead contamination that resulted in 4000-plus birds falling dead from the sky, The Sunday Times revealed a litany of oversights that may have resulted in irreparable damage to the health of infants in the town. Adults also have been exposed to highly toxic lead and nickel dust blown from the town's port, but it is the effect on young children that is causing the most angst. Lower levels of lead exposure can affect a child's mental and physical growth.
Originally posted by Chadwickus
reply to post by schrodingers dog
Maybe collect one and take it to get tested.
Originally posted by Hellmutt
Noticed any birds acting strangely?