Be careful what you wish for. You may get it.
Authorities say 13 birds collected from Orange County have tested positive for West Nile virus. The infected birds were crows and were collected during the first nine days of May. The virus is transmitted to humans and animals through the bites of mosquitoes, which become infected when they feed on infected birds.
Corvidae (ravens, crows and jays) are the birds that appear to be most sensitive to the West Nile virus. I get a LOT of mail from readers who dislike crows and want to know how they can get rid of them. As you can see, West Nile is taking care of it.
This is not a good thing. Who know what the ripple effects of this might be? When a major unnatural die-off like this takes place in the ecosystem, the impact could be enormous. We’ll just have to wait and see.
What if the virus starts killing off hummingbirds, or robins, or mockingbirds? Think about it. /Gary