22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.
23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.
This was written months before Google withheld the info about search terms. It has been sitting in Drafts and it is time to set it free. :) I believe I mentioned that my earlier post gets a lot of visitors from search engines. A lot. Most often it is people dealing with mites of unknown type (They just assume “bird”.) on themselves or in their homes, but now and again there are searches from those wondering about the birds.
Back in August, I received two from the same individual. I do not know their story, but assume it didn’t have a happy ending.
Day one: mites crawling on baby junco
Day two: mites kill baby juncos
Another search: how mites kill birds
I have written before that birds are given several means to deal with mites, but these are fully developed birds. They preen, bathe, “ant”… Sometimes they have more mites than normal and this will cause bald spots where they cannot reach. This is usually the head area, and even under the wings.
Most, if not all, perching songbirds are altricial (blind and naked) when they hatch. They are helpless to remove these mites. In the cases of extreme infestation, the babies will hop out of the nest before they can fly. We believe this is what happened to our one baby Barn Swallow. They are trying to remove themselves from the irritation, but this places them at risk for predation from outdoor cats, raccoons, and other birds that prey on the young, such as grackles. Even if they do not hop out of the nest, the loss of blood from the multitude of bites can cause them to become weak and die.
In a quick search, I found a case where a family tried helping baby birds with mites, using the instructions rehabbers gave them. What I learned is this takes care of the mites, BUT this can create a worse problem. The parent birds, not seeing or hearing their young (The babes were taken into the house for treatment.) abandoned the nest. The young were going to be placed in a new nest near the old, but unknown to the family, it was too late. After placing the new nest out, they saw the adults near the feeder and heard the young chirping. They believed all was well.. Later they discovered the truth; the young died from starvation.
One thing I was noticed while reading this whole story is yes, there were mites. They were all over the little birds and hopping off after the spray from the pet store was applied. They were on the humans. The rehabber told the couple these mites will not harm them. They just rinsed their hands and arms off frequently while dealing with the birds. No infestation for the humans!
Something this brings out is nature is cruel at times. Sin causes so much heartache for us and distress for flora and fauna. I appreciate the couple’s attempt at helping the birds, They contacted the proper people. They did the right thing, they followed the directions given. Even so, the young did not survive.
We groan with creation…