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Dead Birds Portland Oregon

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Dead Birds Portland Oregon
The dead robins of spring are back:

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It could be poison," he said. "It could be that there's a disease running through the population. There are a lot of things that can kill birds."

But he acknowledged that the two dieoffs are similar. "There are some interesting parallels," he said.

Both times, the robin carcasses appeared normal, with no visible signs of injury or disease. And both times, the birds died after a cold snap.

American robins, one of the five most common birds in Portland, prefer to eat worms. But when the ground freezes, they're forced to consume what's available.

"If worms are scarce, they will go for things like berries," Sallinger said. "That may have been what happened here."