Posted by Shae on October 24, 2002
In Reply to: Dead bird posted by R. Berg on October 24, 2002
: : : Does anyone know what it means when you find a dead bird at your back door? And no, it wasn't the cat.
: : Around here (Chicago) this year, it means West Nile virus. Almost all the crows and larger birds disappeared by August, and it became eerily silent at dawn. (Lots of horses died, too. Oh, and a couple dozen people.) Be careful handling it.
: The link below (http://www.cnn.com/2002/HEALTH/conditions/10/23/freeze.west.nile.ap/index.html) goes to a CNN story about West Nile virus.
Yes, please be careful handling it, just in case. Birds are often killed by flying into windows because they can't see the glass. It may be as simple as that but be cautious if you are in a WNV area.