Posted: 22/11/2012 at 12:16
According to the BBC NEWS website (today, 22.11.2012 in the Environment section), our garden birds are being affected by an avian pox that leaves the creatures with swollen lesions.
Spread from bird to bird (originally from insects coming to the UK), it is advised that WE can HELP by cleaning bird feeders, boxes (check for tenants first!) and bird-baths with soapy-water. It may help.
I do try to keep my bird feeders as clean as possible and in fact give them a good clean yesterday. Off to do the bird bath now, thanks for the reminder. We must look after our birds.