[CT Birds] West Nile Virus

Jan Hollerbach smilifase at gmail.com
Mon Sep 29 15:24:10 EDT 2014

I spoke with my second cousin last year.  He's retired, but he was in
charge of the environmental impact division of CALTRANS.  He told me that
WNV has pretty much devastated the magpie and jay populations in
California. Growing up in Sacramento there used to be Western Scrub Jays
everywhere! But on my last family visit out there I only saw one.  Sad.

Jan Hollerbach
Fairfield, CT

On Mon, Sep 29, 2014 at 10:53 AM, Robert Jase via CTBirds <
ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org> wrote:

> Hi,
> Its not the handling of the birds, its the mosquitoes.  I've also had WNV
> and it was like the flu upped a couple orders of magnitude - worst headache
> I've ever had (and I've had cyanide poisoning) for several days, crazy
> muscle pain & exhaustion (had to crawl to get from bed to the bathroom &
> back & no actual sitting on the toilet, just kind of laying over), fever up
> the wazoo, etc.
> At the time part of my job was collecting dead crows for the DPH lab to
> test (along w/ predatory birds including a Long-Earred Owl found in Stanley
> Quarter park) and I had to go into some seriously swampy areas where I got
> bitten up big time.
> Why did the DPH only want to test crows & raptors?  Because they were
> large and easy to work with and lived practically everywhere in the state -
> there was no question that other birds were being infected but sparrows are
> tiny as are most sonbirds compared to crows and many other birds were too
> seasonal.
> The crow population around New Britain never has recovered, I expect
> changes in other bird populations were similarly affected but aren't as
> noticable except to birders
> Robert Jase
> busterggi at aol.com
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