(WFXR) — Several suspicious bird deaths in the New River Valley have left bird owners concerned about a possible avian flu outbreak in the Commonwealth.

A Carroll County woman has found four dead birds — including a hawk, a blue heron, and two geese — by a pond on on her property, all of which died suspiciously.

Mollyann Thompson of Hillsville says the birds got sick, became immobile, and died quickly.

One of the birds Thompson found was a male hawk, which she tried to bring to a sanctuary, but they wouldn’t take it due to bird flu concerns. Shortly after that, the hawk died from the sickness.

Now, Thompson says wildlife officials will take the hawk’s body and test it for avian flu.

In addition, the Hillsville resident currently has six geese on the property, one of which has reportedly been sick for a few days.

“He’s more mobile than he has been, but when he walks, he staggers and he has to extend a wing to balance himself, and so he just basically has been sitting in the same spot for, like, 24 hours at a time,” explained Thompson.

Just days before this, Thompson says a mother goose and baby goose died.

“But then, when the mama goose and the hawk, and the daddy goose that’s still sick, then you start going, ‘this isn’t a coincidence,'” said Thompson.

Thompson says she’s hopes these bird deaths are not from avian flu, but is still awaiting answers from wildlife officials.

Over in Wythe County, the possible outbreak of a sickness that could be avian flu has chicken owner Leigh Edwards keeping a close eye on her flock.

Edwards has about 100 rare chickens and she says an avian flu outbreak would be detrimental to her family.

“They’re pets, they all have names, and it could wipe them all out, so it’s really scary,” said Edwards.

According to Edwards, avian flu is highly contagious and mostly comes from water foul.

“All it takes is an infected bird flying over my property and pooping in one of the pens or something and it could sweep through my property,” said Edwards.

Edwards has multiple sclerosis (MS) and most of her income relies on selling eggs from her chickens, which have also become therapeutic for Edwards and her family.

“It would be devastating, and not to mention the emotional implications, especially for my youngest daughter who has Down Syndrome. You know, I can’t even go there in my mind how I would explain that to her,” said Edwards.

Edwards stresses that if you find dead birds, you need to report it to the Department of Agriculture as soon as possible.