In the first few months of 2016 more birds of prey with oral inflammation were submitted to the DWHC than in previous years. The inflammation appeared to be caused by parasitic worms and cause difficulty with consuming prey, leading to energy shortage and ultimately death. A case report about buzzards in the Broekpolder can be found here.
The DWHC are monitoring the occurrence of this condition in Dutch bird of prey populations and you can help by reporting finding a dead bird of prey via the submission form on our website. For microscopic examination of these birds it is essential that the cadavers are in a fresh state i.e. not dead for more than one day; cadavers should not be frozen. It is therefore preferable to report dead birds as soon as possible and to keep the cadaver in a cool (not frozen) place until it can be collected. After submitting your form you will be contacted by the DWHC who will advise you on how to package the cadaver and arrange collection of the packaged bird from your home or place of work.