I'm sorry I have not followed up on this- I will try to contact Agway about
it, unless someone who lives nearby and is a N.H. would like to go there
While I don't have experience with this particular disease, I've taken a
sick Redpoll to VINS. It appeared to have samonella. I cleaned and removed
my feeders for a while. I think VINS encourages people to bring sick birds
in (be very careful handling the bird- wear throw-away gloves and dispose of
carry box properly). VINS is perfectly capable of isolating a contagious
bird and treating it or, if the prognosis is very poor, the bird will be
mercifully put down. The idea is to remove the sick bird from the flock so
that more birds don't get sick. It certainly would help to stop feeding for
a while and carefully clean up the area. At Agway there was seed all over
the back parking lot- a hard place to clean up.
I would prefer that someone with authority and experience would speak to
them- perhaps I will ask VINS what to do. They may not have any clout in
N.H. however. Is there a similar organization in N.H.?
I also suspect this bird has probably died by now, or worse- gotten sicker
and more contagious.
On Mon, 21 Feb 2011 16:54:31 -0500, Linda Robinson <[log in to unmask]>
>Ii don't have a lot of experience with this disease either although I have
seen it here with a nuthatch. Maybe if someone on the list has a personal
contact or any contact with people at this Agway location, they could
explain the potential problem and ask them to stop feeding the birds for a
period of time. I think they have a feeder there and they also spread bird
seed on the ground or snow.
>On Feb 21, 2011, at 2:22 PM, Hilke Breder wrote:
>> The Horned Lark looks like it's suffering from avian conjunctivitis or
avian pox, hard to decide
>> on the basis of the photos. I googled it and came up only with references
to house finches,
>> no mention anywhere of horned larks being affected. Here is a link
discussing the disease:
>> It's probably not a good idea to involve a bird rescue org, as the
disease, if that's what it is,
>> spreads rapidly and would put other birds in that facility at risk. The
virus is passed on in
>> droppings and could easily be picked up by birds feeding together.
Therefore it would
>> probably be advisable for Agway to stop feeding the birds for now.
>> But I am not an expert. The only experience I have had with the
conjunctivitis was with a
>> house finch at my feeder. I cleaned the feeder as recommended and have
not seen any
>> other sick birds.
>> Hilke Breder
>> Brattleboro, VT
>> Date sent: Sun, 20 Feb 2011 00:01:35 -0500
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>> Cynthia Crawford
>> Norwich, Vt.
>> Date: Sat, 19 Feb 2011 17:19:47 -0500
>> From: Cynthia Crawford <[log in to unmask]>
>> Subject: Horned Lark-sick?
>> We went to see the Snow Buntings and Horned Lark (s) at Agway in Walpole
>> N.H. yesterday. There were 136 Snow Buntings , 30 House Sparrows, 2
>> Red-tails, a Northern Mockingbird and one Horned Lark. We got really clo=
>> se to the Lark- it was alone and picking at some brush. After I got home
>> an= d processed my photos, I realized this was probably a sick or injured
>> If anyone goes over there (Just across the river from Westminster, Vt.,
>> south on Rt, 12), please look for this bird.
>> Is there any rescue/rehab in that area?
>> Here are photos:
>> I hope someone can help.
>> Please also forward to N.H. bird if you belong? Although I get the digest=
>> , I can't seem to find out how to post anything.
>> Cynthia Crawford
>> Norwich, Vt.