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Magpie question

Postby tinkerbella » Fri Oct 26, 2018 8:23 pm

First of all I’d like to say hello to everyone, I’m a newbie here so I hope I'm posting this question in the right place, I wonder if someone has any ideas as to what may have caused this trouble to a Magpie that is a visitor to my garden most days along with other members of it’s family. I attach some pictures for you to see. There is also another Magpie with a poorly eye but doesn't look nearly as bad as the one in the photo’s. They seem quite happy, feeding flying etc.

Magpie 3JPG.JPG
Taken on the 19th October 18
Magpie 3JPG.JPG
Taken on the 19th October 18
Magpie 2.JPG
Taken on the 8th October 18
Magpie 1.JPG
taken on the 8th October 18


loving the forum, many thanks tinkerbella
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Re: Magpie question

Postby Kev » Sat Oct 27, 2018 11:55 am

Welcome to the forum :)

I've seen a similar thing on a blue tit on my feeders. I suspect it's a mite or worm of some sort.
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Re: Magpie question

Postby tinkerbella » Sat Oct 27, 2018 1:12 pm

Hello Kev. Thanks so much for your reply.
Poor thing I suppose there isn't much that can be done.
Another question it may sound silly but I'm concerned, I wear disposable gloves when filling feeders and washing equipment but this sounds scary.
Should I continue, or just drop the food on the floor and run!
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Re: Magpie question

Postby Kev » Sat Oct 27, 2018 3:09 pm

Mostly these parasites are not transmittable to humans. I think gloves are fine and a sensible precaution. I do the same with my feeders.
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Re: Magpie question

Postby Willpar » Sat Oct 27, 2018 6:01 pm

Think you are right Kev. Looks like a mite infestation.
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Re: Magpie question

Postby tinkerbella » Sun Oct 28, 2018 2:21 pm

Thanks very much both :)
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