Over the last six weeks, I have found five dead
house finches in my yard. Until this, I never had a dead bird except a
dove from a window strike. I am aware of a disease (sorry, I can't
remember the name) that birds can pick up from feeders, but the last two
were found at least two weeks after I took the feeders down. I did not
see any crustacean around the eyes on the bodies. Could this be West
Nile related? Would it be advisable to continue to keep the feeders
down? They have been of course cleaned.