We’re passionate about birds and nature. That’s why we opened a Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop in our community.
2421 King George Blvd
Surrey, BC V4P 1H8
Phone: (604) 536-4011
Fax: (604) 535-6456
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Mon - Fri: 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Sat: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Sun: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Wild Birds Unlimited located in South Surrey, close to White Rock, BC, 604-536-4011
We are currently experiencing huge populations of Pine Siskins ( a small brown finch with yellow striping on the wings) which occurs every two to three years. Huge flocks of Siskins are in the lower mainland and throughout Western North America and are seen at feeders and in backyards. In dense flocks such as this, these finches are more susceptible to disease outbreaks such as salmonella and can be spread through infected birds droppings especially where birds congregrate and roost.
As we do have such large populations of the Siskins, it is very likely you will see these finches at your feeders. They will appear docile, fluffed up and listless and usually will succumb to their illness within a few days.
If you do have sick birds at your feeding stations, it is important to clean your feeders and trays every 1-2 weeks with hot soapy water and disinfect with a 10% bleach solution. Be sure to rinse thoroughly and dry the feeder completely before re-filling with fresh seed. Raking or sweeping the ground under the feeders or where birds are roosting will also help to prevent further spread of the disease.
While it is upsetting to see ill birds at your feeders, it is nature's way of correcting over-populations and is a natural process.