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My yard has become a sanctuary for both birds and squirrels ... it's an enjoyment my wife and I have formed since our dogs and cats passed away over the past several years ... for me especially, this has been therapeutic to care for these animals and provide for them food, water and shelter within the trees and bushes ... we provide the typical seed (peanuts, sunflower are the most) ... I make my own suet (not easy to find the suet fat in grocery stores - so when I do I'll buy 20 pounds at a time) ... anyway, we have had out share of sick birds but most recently we had one that exhibited the west Nile virus symptoms, and n the third day my heart was broken when I found him under the porch dead. Now, a few days ago, another blue jay appeared to be sick - today is his fifth day here and I am not certain this one has west Nile virus ... for starters he is not puffed out but does seem sick .... I had thought when I did not see him yesterday, he made a full recovery and left ... but about 7pm last night he just appeared from nowhere ... I made sure there was plenty of cold water and shelled/chopped peanuts and sunflower seeds for him to eat ... after a little more than an hour of watching and checking to see if he ate and drank, which he did, he left again. I think he’s camping in the maple where he’s been eating/drinking.She/he looks slow – meaning unbalanced when eating and moving slowly. He picks up seed and throws his head back in a motion that depicts pain, not harsh but hurting. He seems wobbly, but not always. Today he appeared again, and seemed to shun off any other bids that come to where he’s eating, except one – another blue jay who has lost his head feathers to molting. This one seems to be watching over the other. It’s heartbreaking to say the least, but I was hoping someone might have an answer to what could be wrong, and is there anything I can do to help him other than what I am doing? I’m waiting for the local CDC office to call back. Although West Nile is not in my town, towns – several away have tested positive.