There is no new information on the the discovery of the many dead birds, mostly young Crows, Blue Jays, Grackles, European Starlings were first found in late May and early June in the east. David Hanni, Conservation Bird Coordinator from TWRA, reports that due to the number of samples collected and the capacity of the labs with the ability to conduct the analyses for TWRA is still waiting on results. Once the information and results are back from the labs there will be a press release forthcoming. Thankfully the mystery illness ceased as almost as quickly as it came and there have been no additional reports of birds exhibiting the mystery illness in TN.
The last of the ruby-throated hummingbirds are winging their way south to the tropics. A few late comers remain and will pass through in the next few weeks so consider leaving out a partially full clean feeder with fresh nectar for at least 2 weeks AFTER you've seen your last hummingbird.
OR is you're up for it you can leave a feeder out all winter and see if you get a rare winter hummingbird at your feeder like the 300+ people in TN have since 1990 when the first winter hummingbird was caught, banded and released near Chattanooga. For informaation the whys, hows and who to contact if you do get a hummingbird AFTER 15 November check out this video for information on