I, too, had that creepy but entertaining image, very briefly!

I saw a male scarlet tanager flying overhead from one group of trees to another 
this morning. Sheffield Road, Ithaca/Enfield town line.

Deb


From: bounce-126732533-83565...@list.cornell.edu 
<bounce-126732533-83565...@list.cornell.edu> On Behalf Of Nancy Tonachel Gabriel
Sent: Thursday, August 18, 2022 9:40 AM
To: Peter Saracino <petersarac...@gmail.com>
Cc: eatonbirdingsociety+ow...@groups.io; CAYUGABIRDS-L 
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Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Tick carrying birds

What worried me about this subject line was the dangling participle:  image of 
a gigantic tick, dripping cardinals from its maw.   Glad to see the hyphen.
Anybody got good news today?


On Aug 18, 2022, at 8:11 AM, Peter Saracino 
<petersarac...@gmail.com<mailto:petersarac...@gmail.com>> wrote:

Folks I've been asked about the Source of my recent letter concerning 
tick-carrying birds. Herewith, the entry in its entirety:
Sar

"Several recent studies demonstrate that wild birds transport ticks and their 
associated diseases during migration. In addition, a number of bird species are 
able to contract Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacterium causing Lyme disease, and 
transport it to uninfected ticks that parasitize the birds for a blood meal. 
Ground feeding species (cardinals, catbirds, song sparrows, robins) spend a 
significant amount of time foraging for food at optimal height for ticks, and 
are excellent hosts and have all demonstrated the ability to infect ticks with 
the Lyme-disease causing bacteria.
"Naturally Curious Day By Day....A Photographic Field Guide and Daily Visit to 
the Forests, Fields, and Wetlands of Eastern North America"
by Mary Holland
Pete Saracino
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