Tuesday, March 17, 2020

New Virus

   New virus for our feathered friends going around,
   Great Tits most at risk. A couple of pics of one with
   it, looks nasty



David Sutcliffe said...

Thanks Dave - this extract below is part of the reply we received back from Garden Wildlife Health via BTO.......

"We are unfortunately not able to confirm our diagnosis without performing an examination on the great tit you observed in your garden, however, from what you describe, the species involved and what is visible on the picture you kindly attached, an infection with avian poxvirus is the most likely cause of such lesions in this species.
As you may be aware, sporadic cases of avian pox have been recorded in some British garden birds for many years, most commonly affecting species like the dunnock (Prunella modularis), the starling (Sturnus vulgaris) and feral pigeon (Columbia livia). Since 2006 however, skin lesions caused by avian pox infection have been reported in birds of the tit family in Britain for the first time. Great tits (Parus major) are the tit species that appear most susceptible to the disease, while blue tits (Cyanistes caeruleus) are also, albeit less commonly, affected."

Dave Brotherton said...

Nice one Dave, it looks like a horrible disease poor things.