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Hello everyone! This is my first year with growing a garden! It seems to be doing pretty well but last two days I’ve found 3 dead birds in the garden. What do you think is happening? Is it something in the soil that I should be aware of? Please help me solve this

Also, I hope this is the correct group for this question. Couldn’t find one specific to “dead birds in garden”.
 
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Could you tell us more about the kinds of birds?  Is there any outward damage to them?

Are there windows or greenhouses near the garden?
 
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Thanks for your reply! Here is a picture of my garden. It’s open with no greenhouse.

The birds are like small sparrows.
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Are there house cats around?
 
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I see cats out and about.. stray ones tho

 
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Has anyone used any poisons nearby? What state do you live in? Did you sheet mulch your garden? Where did you get the mulch? When I first started working on my forest garden, I trucked in loads of free mulch from our landfill. Nothing would grow. No critters came near it. Then a person in the know told me they'd had the mulch tested and it was loaded with toxins. Now, three years later, I'm finally seeing an explosion of wildlife here, and my plantings are taking off.
 
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If you are finding lots of dead birds together you should speak to whoever does the environment in your country. They often want to test for things like bird flu.
Cats will take birds but they tend to make a mess and leave feathers everywhere.
 
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Skandi Rogers wrote:If you are finding lots of dead birds together you should speak to whoever does the environment in your country. They often want to test for things like bird flu.
Cats will take birds but they tend to make a mess and leave feathers everywhere.



This is a very good suggestion, given how we're having outbreaks of all kinds of viral goodness....

 
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A pic would be helpful...there is a little bird here (BC, Canada) called a pine siskin that is super succeptible to a species specific salmonella - first they get all fluffy and puffed out, almost looking like new fledges or that they are cold, and appear super tame - but they soon die.  They tend to live in flocks and it can quickly run through a whole flock as it is carried in their feces, and are often ground feeders, eating where they poop.
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Off Topic: Lorinne Anderson wrote:

there is a little bird here (BC, Canada) called a pine siskin

I think I rescued one of those yesterday - the description fits! It was probably feeding on the ground and got under the lower pipe of one of Hubby's Portable Chicken Shelters. It was pretty freaked when I showed up to collect eggs. I dropped feed on the ground at the perch end to keep the chickens distracted, opened the door opposite wide, and gently shooed the little bird towards the door.  Once it was close, it spotted the opening and dropped down from the ceiling and took off! I wondered what sort of bird it was (anything that sort of size gets referred to as an LBB - little brown bird - around here) and then perchance you post a picture that looks just like it! Thanks Lorinne!
 
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Have you had any sudden, particularly hot or cold temps?  Even if they aren't that hot or cold to you, if it jumped suddenly that will often hit unsuspecting birds, especially new fledglings.  They can't handle the stress of it on their little tiny bodies.  This time of year, July is The Burning Times in our hemisphere and we always find a house sparrow or two on the sidewalk that succumbed.
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