Bill Henderson's picture

Greenfinch Chicks

Observed: 11th July 2012 By: Bill HendersonBill Henderson’s reputation in BirdsBill Henderson’s reputation in BirdsBill Henderson’s reputation in BirdsBill Henderson’s reputation in Birds
greenfinch_chicks_1
greenfinch_chicks_2
Description:

Sitting waiting for a meal.
Any dust must have been on the camera lens; it couldn't possibly have been on the window!

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

ophrys's picture

Greenfinches

The visible bird does not look like a juvenile to me, as the green on the back is quite intense and there appears to be wear on the wing feathers.

I hope I am wrong, but it does not look very well, to me, and I hear that trichomonosis has started to hit greenfinches badly, again, recently. I hope that is not what is going on here, but it might be worth keeping an eye on them.

If you think I might be right, have a look at the advice on this site...

http://www.rspb.org.uk/advice/helpingbirds/health/sickbirds/greenfinches...

Ian
_________________

My Flickr photos...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/52163027@N02/

Bill Henderson's picture

Illness

Ophrys

If you are right then it is indeed bad news.

I have two sets of feeders which I alternate each month and sterilise the resting feeders. I also move the table a few feet at the same time.

I have been guilty of not supplying clean water and not sterilising the bird table itself.

I will stop feeding immediately: clean and store the feeders, bath and bird table for at least a few weeks.

I would not knowingly put the birds at risk.

Thanks for alerting me to this problem.

Bill

Bill Henderson

ophrys's picture

Illness

I would just keep an eye on the Greenfinches first, to see whether they really do look ill. I would not want you to overreact on the basis of a hunch...it may just be that you caught an individual looking a bit fed up after yet more rain!

Which said, it is an adult and does not look well,and Tricho does seem to be returning in Greenfinches, at the moment. I do know that many ringers in different areas have recently been catching sick birds and that Tricho is the problem.

As I say, I would watch out for any ill birds...sitting hunched up, not moving much and so on. If you see any of that, then do take the measures you refer to.

Fingers crossed for you!

Ian

PS: If they do have it, it won't be your fault...it sounds as if you do everything you can to keep a healthy feeding station.

Ian
_________________

My Flickr photos...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/52163027@N02/

Bill Henderson's picture

Illness

Ian

Thanks for getting back to me.

I've already brought the feeders in for cleaning. I must say that I felt more than a little sad about it.

I'll take your advice and keep feeding but watching for signs of disease

I'll scrub down my table and sterilise the bird bath before putting them out again tomorrow along with my reserve feeders.

Thanks again

Bill

Bill Henderson

ophrys's picture

Feeders

That sounds the best approach, Bill, definitely. The link below is a good appraisal of the problem and the BTO are a reliable reference for such things...

http://www.bto.org/volunteer-surveys/gbw/gardens-wildlife/garden-birds/d...

Best of luck...let's hope it's all fine.

Ian
_________________

My Flickr photos...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/52163027@N02/

Bill Henderson's picture

Feeders

Ian

Although I qualify for the bus pass, I am very new to birding. I really appreciate the time you are taking to give me advice.

Thank you.

Bill

Bill Henderson