A very strange thing happened over the weekend to one of my visiting
gold finches. I was watching my feeder on Saturday afternoon. The main
feeder was loaded with gold finches, heavily feeding on the black-oiled
sunflower seed. It was rainy and cold (as it seems to be quite a lot
lately). I saw a small, female gold finch approach the main feeder,
looking for a spot to land and join the crowd. No spot was available,
so she turned to fly back to the cedar tree, but before she could make
it, she literally dropped out of the sky and landed on the ground. I
was very surprised and grabbed my binos to see if she was alright. She
wasn't moving, so I watched for a little longer and then went out to
investigate. When I got to her, she was dead. I picked her up and
checked her all over, she appeared to be fine, but was clearly dead.
She looked like one of the younger set that has recently begun visiting
the feeders. Has anyone ever had this happen to them before? My
husband and I thought that it could have been hypothermia, because it
has been so cold and rainy. Any insight about this strange occurance
would be welcome.
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