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Dozens of dead seagulls seen on Dublin beach as new strain of bird flu virus circulates

A “highly pathogenic strain” of the bird flu virus is currently in circulation according to the Department of Agriculture.

The department was responding to reports of significant numbers of dead birds discovered around the State including dozens of seagulls observed on Sandymount Strand in recent days.

The strain AI H5N8, has been detected in 18 wild bird species across eight counties – Limerick, Monaghan, Wicklow, Mayo, Cork, Wexford, Louth and Kildare. Species affected include peregrine falcon, mute swan, curlew, whooper swan, cormorant and barnacle goose.

The department said it did receive reports of dead birds on Sandymount Strand but they had gone missing when staff went to investigate.

“However, when Department staff went to retrieve the birds for testing in the Department’s laboratories as part of this Avian Influenza surveillance programme, the carcasses were no longer in the reported location.”

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Mass die off of seagulls in Lake Van, Turkey #Seagulls #LakeVan #Turkey

Mass gull deaths in the Lake VAN basin worried the people of the region. Yüzüncü Yıl University (YYÜ) Director of Wildlife Protection Center Prof. Dr. Lokman Aslan stated that the residents of the village should not be anxious and said, “After the pearl mullets return, the spawning season is over. The pearl mullet that the seagulls can reach is now impossible. For him, hunger due to not being able to find food, and death due to hunger are caused by stress.”

Seagulls that prefer non-human and non-human places during their breeding time, VanIt prefers the lake basin, especially the islands of Çarpanak and Adır.

The seagulls that arrive at Adır Island, also known as ‘Seagull Island’ at the beginning of March, lay their eggs here. Dead seagulls seen on the coastline in Adır District worried the people of the neighborhood.

On this, Yüzüncü Yıl University (YYÜ) Wild Animals Protection Center Director Prof. Dr. Lokman Aslan came to the area where gull deaths took place and conducted research. Taking samples from dead seagulls, Prof. Dr. Aslan said that there was nothing to worry the residents of the neighborhood.

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Die off of #seagulls along the #Ottowa River, #Canada

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Residents walking along the Ottawa River this week were alarmed to discover dead and dying seagulls, in what appears to be the second rash of animal deaths cropping up on the shores of the Ottawa River this month.

Igor Bouga, an Ottawa resident, said he had only walked about 300 metres down the shore when he saw seven dead seagulls and “one small duck” lying by the water’s edge.

He was near Ottawa’s water filtration plant, in an area that he walks through frequently.

“It’s unusual,” he said. “I’ve never seen so many.”

There were living seagulls in the area, but many of them seemed to be moving slowly, possibly ill. Even when residents and a CTV News Ottawa camera crew moved close to the weakened seagulls, they did not spook and attempt to fly away, appearing too weak to do so. Video of the seagulls shows them hunkering close to the ground.

Only a few weeks earlier, hundreds of fish washed up dead in the east end of the Ottawa River. They are currently thought to have died in the Du Lievre River in western Quebec before flowing downstream and being discovered in the Ottawa River.

The two incidents are too geographically far away from each other to be related, according to Patrick Nadeau, the executive director of watershed protection group Ottawa Riverkeeper.

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Large die off of seagulls, cormorants and up to 30 swans in Lolland, Denmark

A large number of dead birds, including seagulls, cormorants and up to 30 swans, was found at a lake on the Danish island of Lolland on Tuesday.
 
The animals were found at a body of water near the town of Maribo, reports Folketidende.dk.
 
A local resident discovered the dead birds and contacted local municipal, animal welfare and food control agencies.
 
Lolland-Falster’s fire service was also called to the scene to remove the animals, according to the report.
 
“Some of the them have been dead for a long time due to injuries from the winter, so it is mostly the large flock of swans that gives us cause for concern,” environmental officer Dorthe Prit Lahrmann told Folketidende.dk.
 
The cause of death of the birds is currently unknown, but Lahrmann said that avian influenza was a possible reason.
 
A veterinary unit will analyse the dead animals in order to determine a cause of death, a process likely to take “a few days,” she said.
Courtesy of thelocal.dk

200+ dead seagulls found washed up in Tunquen beach, Chile

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Neighbors in Tunquen, municipality of Algarrobo, were surprised to see little more than 200 seagulls dead on the beach. Now experts and officials of agricultural and livestock service (SAG) are investigating the causes of the massive death, but ruled out that it was by human intervention.
 
It’s Franklin gulls, which come from the United States but that at this time migrate to the South. Of the total, only 8 survived and are currently handled in the clinic of the University Santo Tomás in Viña del Mar. There are treated for hydration, feeding orally by probes and necessary medication…
 
The experts noted that birds are injuries in legs and wings, and that could allegedly have died as a result of any intoxication.
 
However, the NGO Animalex thinks that there was interference by third parties. “They are sufficient evidence to determine that there was a human intervention. According to the new law of responsible ownership we would be able to review this criminal complaint”, Juan Carlos Oróstica, President of the animal rights organization announced.
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Hundreds of dead fish, seagulls and a dolphin wash up in Cornwall, UK

Dead fish and seagulls have been discovered on Marazion beach
Dead fish and seagulls have been discovered on Marazion beach (Image: Greg Martin)
Hundreds of dead sea creatures including a dolphin which have washed up on a beach are believed to have been killed by a lightning strike. 
 
Marazion beach in Cornwall was left littered with the carcasses of fish and seagulls after a spectacular electrical storm on Friday evening. 
 
None of them have any signs of injury and some locals reckon they must have been stunned by a bolt of lightning.
 
Sophie Parrott, 25, a keen diver who often swims alongside whales and dolphins, was shocked by the distressing scene in the shadow of St Michael’s Mount. 
 
She said: “They were all the same fish – herrings. And I would say hundreds of them if not in the lower few thousands.
 
“Birds laid there too but only seagulls, I think – and there were over 40 of those I would say. 
 
“There were a few crows feeding on the seagull remains but other than that, all the birds didn’t have a scratch on them.”
 
Her father Gary Parrot added: “It looks like a lightning strike rather than over-fishing, with 40-plus dead seagulls, loads of herring and a dolphin all in perfect condition.
 
“My guess is that the dolphins were feeding on this herring shoal and in the frenzy, gulls were eating the debris when lightning hit the water.”
 
Trevor Fletcher also tweeted a picture of a common dolphin. He added: “Common dolphin washed up after last night’s storm.”
 
People have also been out removing the dead animals, taking them away in bags.
 
A clear explanation as to why the animals have been killed has not yet been given, though there are currently multiple theories circulating in the area and on social media.
 
It has reminded many of the tens of thousands of mackerel, which stretched “as far as the eye could see” along the same beach on the morning of December 18 2016. Then, some blamed it on being the result of a bycatch.
 
At the time local resident Shaun Plumb said the fish may have been discarded by fishing fleets which were not allowed to land them due to European quotas on species which can be brought back to shore and sold.
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Hundreds of seagulls dying on the coast of Galicia, Spain

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In the absence of the Xunta concrete the cause of the deaths of hundreds of gulls in the Galician littoral, which is conducting timely analysis of samples, biologists are already running an outbreak of botulism to is the most likely cause the high mortality of birds, mostly on the coast of La Coruña, between Malpica and Oleiros .Alvaro Barros, biologist specializing in sea birds, explains that the epidemics of botulism among seagulls «are habituais» every year, but «more pronounced during periods of dry lot».
 
Seagulls – accurate biologist – they drink fresh water of pools, ponds or small streams which currently have little flow. The heat makes these small accumulations of water to become «broths of bacteria» which is conceived these outbreaks of botulism. «As gaivotas tamen washing ali», and that promotes the progression of the outbreak, adds Barros.Oleiros is one of the concellos where is most affecting. In fact, on Tuesday were collected 30 gulls killed in Bastiagueiro Beach, and on Wednesday we found other 13 in Santa Cristina, 7 in Mera and other 5 in Santa Cruz. The Mayor of the municipality, Ángel García Seoane, stated that “something serious” is happening. «Unha peste ou something.» «E is that e or case, Consellería de Medio Ambiente should take cards not subject xa that pode sound a serious problem of Saúde», said. He recalled that last June, when other gulls killed in the town, had been made analysis that determined that birds were killed by ingesting foods altered or in poor condition. The City Council o
f A Coruña you also pointed Wednesday to a botulism outbreak as a possible cause of the problem.
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Dozens of dead seagulls found washed up on Gallagher beach in Buffalo, USA

It was an unpleasant sight Tuesday, as a number of dead seagulls were found washed ashore Gallagher Beach in Buffalo. People got in touch with 2 On Your Side through social media, with questions about the discovery.
 
When 2 On Your Side went to Gallagher Beach Tuesday to check the issue out, we found more than 20 dead seagulls washed ashore there. We immediately started making calls to environmental and health agencies about how this happened.
 
The state Department of Environmental Conservation says it received reports of dead birds last week and then began an investigation, by sending a team of biologists here on Friday. That’s when they discovered deceased seagulls and healthy seagulls.
 
The DEC says the seagulls that washed ashore here died from an annual event this time of year that’s common to large colonies of waterbirds. And that windy weather can cause younger birds to suffer serious injuries that are fatal.
 
The DEC says to the average person, noticing dead seagulls could give the indication of water contamination, but experts say that’s not always the case. And, the DEC says this does not cause any contamination that requires a response.
Courtesy of wgrz.com
 

Hundreds of dead seagulls found along a road in Detroit, USA

Test results have come back on hundreds of dead seagulls spotted along Jefferson Avenue in the Delray neighborhood near the Rouge River Bridge.
 
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says the ring-billed gulls have chosen an area near the Waste Water Treatment Plant to nest, just off the Detroit River, so a larger number of the birds are in the area compared to previous years — about 10,000 compared to 5,000
 
Residents speculated that a number of young birds died because they couldn’t fly and were hit by passing traffic. But the DNS says no evidence of trauma was found on any of the birds during their testing.
 
Officials concluded that there seems to be competition for food and water resources between the adult and young ring-billed gulls. The adults view the younger gulls as competition, and often they peck at them until they die.
 
The DNR has also ruled out any type of diseases, such as avian botulism, West Nile virus, avian influenza, pesticides and metals toxicity. Tissues were also submitted for microscope examination. While most of these tests are relatively quick, final results could take weeks.
 
The extreme heat over the past few days as well as the increased traffic on Jefferson Avenue because of the closure of southbound I-75 could also be contributing factors to the large number of bird deaths.
 
Many area groups are expressing interest in rescuing the birds, including the Detroit Audubon Society, Friends of the Rouge River and the Michigan Humane Society. “Nature area” signage has been added to the road, and the city is adding additional fencing to prevent the birds from coming onto the roadway.
 
This species of birds is federally protected, so it is illegal to move the nests.
Courtesy of detroit.cbslocal.com

Dozens of dead birds turning up at Weeks Bay, Alabama, USA

State wildlife officials are investigating reports of dead birds found near the mouth of Weeks Bay.
 
The dead birds, including seagulls, brown pelicans and great blue herons, are located near the boat launch at the end of County Road 1. We counted 17 dead birds at that location Wednesday.
 
Locals that fish here aren’t sure what’s happening and are concerned. Some have formed their own theories including illegal shootings, deadly bacteria in Weeks Bay and electrocution from overhead power lines.
 
A state wildlife spokesperson says they don’t know the cause of death but will investigate. Until wildlife experts get a chance to study, research and document, the bird deaths will remain a mystery.
Courtesy of wkrg.com