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    Unhappy Bill deformity

    We see a lot of chickadees with strange bills. I have never seen a nuthatch with a deformed bill. This thing is as long as the bird. He has a hard time picking seeds up. Hope he makes the winter! Really hope whatever causes this in chickadees hasn't passed to the nuthatches.





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    It's being termed "avian keratin disorder" and all indications are pointing to environmental pollution rather than a biological malady such as a virus. Sad to say, these birds are the proverbial canaries in the coal mine, telling us we're killing the planet.
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    Stop feeding them GM seeds. I have never seen a nuthatch with one either. How can it peck with that thing?

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    Thanks for the term iofthetaiga. I wonder if the disorder happens away from "town". I have never seen it in the woods.

    BTK, that could be associated with the environmental pollution that iofthetaiga refers to, among other sources. One thought that I had was some unnatural food source (bird feeders) was triggering an explosive growth in certain bird beaks. He probably wouldn't survive without feeders now. He attempts about 6 seeds, laying his head sideways, before he gets one in. There is no way he can break a hull open. Or tamp a seed into a hiding place, like they do.

    Agreed, sad indeed.
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