Last week I posted photos of a greenfinch juvenile that I suspected of having the fat finch disease Trichomoniasis . I received a comment to this post confirming my suspicions. Yesterday I saw another Greenfinch and Chaffinch with it and when I walked up close to them they wouldn’t move – another sign of this condition. I went for my camera. I would guess that not everyone reads the comments on my posts but in this case as this one is quite graphic I have chosen to highlight it as it accompanies very well my more graphic close-up photos of this condition.
Jan from West Wales wrote: Hi Shirl, sadly I would say that the finch you have photographed definitely is sick with the tricho. It has virtually wiped out all the greenfinches and a huge number of chaffs here over the past months. If you find their bodies, as I have done many times, they are skeletal, the feathers are just fluffed up. The tricho blocks their throats and they can’t swallow, and they just starve to death. Its awful – takes them about 3 or 4 days to die. 🙁
Today is the last day of August and I have a number of short posts I want to get in before we move into September –quite a wide range too. I wanted to get this one out of the way first. Much can change in the garden during the month of September – unless of course the weather surprises us with a late summer!
The photos above was taken in my garden on August 30th 2007.