Warning: This is kind of gross. I purposefully made the pictures small, if you want to see a larger picture you can click on it to increase the size.
When I went outside to refill the bird feeders today, I noticed this female house finch on the feeder. (I'm always hesitant to name birds because I'm terrible at identifying them). She didn't seem to notice when I walked past her. After I finished filling the nearby feeders, I went inside to get my camera to see if I could get a few close-up pictures of her. It was then that I noticed something was wrong with her. She kept shaking her head and it appeared that something was wrong with her eye. The snow was glaringly bright, so it wasn't until I downloaded the pictures onto the computer that I actually saw her eye. I can't tell if she is just naturally deformed or if she has a disease. I'm curious because if it is a disease I wouldn't want the other birds to get it. I need to find out if I should remove the feeders, do I need to remove this one and sanitize it? Shirl, Mon@rch or anyone else, could you give me some insight on this situation?