Friday June 7, 2013.  Kathy Hapgood discovered this obviously sick Pine Siskin yesterday at her feeder.

Sick Pine Siskin Photo by Kathy Habgood

Sick Pine Siskin
Photo by Kathy Habgood

Another view ... Photo by Kathy Habgood

Another view …
Photo by Kathy Habgood

Today she found it dead.  It is quite probable that the bird was infected with Salmonella.  Siskins are one of three species most often affected by this pathogen.  Wildlife officials’ advice is that if you find sick birds at your feeder, take the feeders down and disinfect them.   Use gloves to pick up the dead bird,  and wash your hands thoroughly.  You probably should just stop feeding the birds for awhile.  There is plenty of natural food available for them at this time of the year.

Thanks, Kathy, for sharing these photos.  Betsy Brooks