Officials at the University of Minnesota do not believe cardinals, robins and bluebirds in our backyards are spreading avian influenza. U of M Raptor Center Director Doctor Victoria Hall said during a webinar that not having wild birds congregate right now is not a bad idea:
“There’s been lots of different studies looking for it incidentally in birds like songbirds . Songbirds are not thought to be a major driver but I’m not gonna say anything is impossible. We know we had at least a couple chickadees in the 2015 H-P-A-I event here in Minnesota.”
Hall says the wild birds that are likely carrying avian influenza include ducks, geese, eagles, gulls, and ravens. Doctor Hall says she wouldn’t rule out an outbreak among songbirds.