Here is the latest update from the VA Department of Wildlife on the mystery bird disease. Albemarle County is considered to be an “unaffected area” but please be cautious and on the lookout for signs of dead and diseased birds!
” DWR continues to recommend that people discontinue bird feeding in the affected areas until further notice. For the remainder of the state, DWR advises removing bird feeders anytime multiple dead birds are observed on a property over a short period of time. Feeders and bird baths should be disinfected with a 10% bleach solution (one part bleach mixed with nine parts water), rinsed with water, and allowed to air dry. Generally, for the health of wild birds, it is a good practice to disinfect bird feeders and baths at least every two weeks. ”
For more information, please see the DWR’s website and keep checking back there for the latest updates on this mysterious but serious disease: https://dwr.virginia.gov/wp-content/uploads/media/NOVA-avian-mortality-even-July-28-2021.pdf