Now is not the time to take any chances by getting infected with the bird flu. Apparently there is quite the rise in cases of the avian flu.

Experts are now recommending that Michiganders stay away from bird feeders and bird baths due to so many cases of the bird flu. They're actually telling us not to hang any bird feeders, at least for now.

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What a bummer, because I am a major bird watcher. I love birds. I really enjoy watching blue jays, cardinals, chickadees, and sparrows.

My wife and I hang at least two bird feeders every spring in the front and back yard. But for now, that's not going to happen due to so many cases of infections of the avian flu virus.

According to mlive.com:

As of Wednesday, April 20, there had been reports of bird flu in at least seven Michigan counties, including Kalamazoo, Livingston, Macomb, Menominee, Monroe, St. Clair and Washtenaw, according to the state's Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

That being said, I guess I'll have to watch my favorite birds from a distance. I've always had such a fascination for birds ever since I was about 10 years old.

I even wrote a few book reports on birds in grade school and got an A every single time. Did you know there are at least 15 million bird watchers in the United States?

By the way, when we do get the green light to put our bird feeders back in place, black-oil sunflower is by far the best and most popular bird seed around. You'll be surprised as to how many different types of birds will show up at your feeder.

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