I spotted this young Blackbird in the garden the other day and thought it looked a bit unusual.
It was only when I viewed it through my binoculars that I saw that it's eyes looked swollen.
I managed to capture a few images (over a couple of days).
This is the image above heavily cropped... it looks quite sore to me.
My guess is Avian Pox... I have been aware of it in the UK for a few years but have only seen examples in bird magazines... and mainly on the smaller garden birds.
Both eye's are infected on this bird.
It doesn't appear to be bothering it too much and it was feeding... but I guess it does get worse.
I haven't seen this bird for a few days now but if it returns does anyone have any idea how/or if you can treat wild birds... according to the RSPB site you can't.
I have removed my feeders and am giving them a good clean... although due to squirrel damage most are quite new. Blackbirds are mainly ground feeders but it's well worth doing.
I really would love to hear your thought's on this subject... and sorry if you are a bit squeamish.