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DNREC lifts bird bath and feeder advisory, still yet to identify mysterious illness

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Delaware’s environmental agency says there are fewer songbirds mysteriously dying.

DNREC still can’t explain why it’s had more than 150 reports statewide of birds exhibiting neurological symptoms like erratic flight coupled with eye swelling and squinting—often followed by their death.

But the state has noted a decrease in these reports and lifted its June advisory to discontinue the use of bird feeders and baths to help mitigate possible spread of any illness.

Since late May, at least 10 other states and Washington D.C. have recorded similar reports in songbirds like European starlings, blue jays, northern cardinals and American robins.

An interagency investigation into the cause of the mysterious avian illness is ongoing.

DNREC says it has ruled out a list of diseases, including Salmonella, Chlamydia and avian influenza virus.

No human health, domestic livestock or poultry issues have been reported in association with the bird mortality events.

Still, DNREC recommends thoroughly cleaning bird feeders and baths, wearing disposable gloves if it is necessary to handle a bird and keeping pets away from sick and dead wild birds.

If you observe a live songbird in Delaware exhibiting the above-mentioned symptoms, the event can be reported to Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research at 302-737-9543.

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