Dead bird

Rob McNair-Huff rob at
Fri Sep 27 19:06:17 PDT 2002


I would contact the county health department about the bird. They would
be the folks to test it. Of course, it is now the weekend and may be hard
to get a hold of them. I wish I could say for sure, but what I would do
is put the dead bird in a ziplock bag, maybe double bagged, and stick it
in your freezer until you can get it to the health department. Anyone else?


Rob McNair-Huff <mailto:rob at>
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>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


>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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