Something fowl is happening to America’s birds.
A mysterious illness has been infecting and killing songbirds across the mid-Atlantic US for months, according to authorities.
The US Geological Survey said it first began receiving reports in May from wildlife managers that birds were getting sick and dying in Washington, DC, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and Kentucky.
Symptoms included “eye swelling and crusty discharge, as well as neurological signs,” the agency said in a statement last week.
More reports about the puzzling infections and death later started coming in from Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana.
In Indiana alone, officials said more than 280 ailing or dead songbirds had been discovered in 53 counties since May, local outlet WXIN reported Monday.
The strange sickness mostly affects species of songbirds, including fledgling common grackles, blue jays, European starlings and American robins.
But so far, “No definitive cause(s) of illness or death have been determined,” the USGS said.
Natural resource management agencies in the