Dead bird

LDavey at LDavey at
Fri Sep 27 18:50:51 PDT 2002


This may well be a silly question, but I was wondering if authorities 
watching for the imminent arrival of the West Nile virus would be testing 
dead birds. I ask, because today we found a newly deceased bird on our 
property. The bird seemed to have no injuries at all, so it didn't seem as 
though a predator had killed it. The body was actually in perfect shape, and 
since it was just laying at the bottom of a tree, it didn't seem as though it 
has crashed into a window. I'm sure there are any number of things that could 
have caused his death, but we have "West Nile" on the brain. (My husband is 
terribly allergic to the everyday common mesquite, so we are dreading the 
arrival of West Nile-infected ones.)

Also, I have no idea what kind of bird this was, it seemed to look like a 
Hermit or Wood Thrush. What bird commonly found around here might resemble 
those two? I took photos, but haven't had them developed yet. 

I appreciate any comments.

Linda Davey
Pine Lake
Sammamish, WA
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