Tuesday, 4 January 2011

birds fall from sky

birds fall from sky

Environmental workers picked up all of the carcasses on Sunday of around 2000 red-winged blackbirds that had fallen from the sky in a central Arkansas town. All of the birds had fell from the sky on Friday Night over a 1-mile area of Beebe, and an aerial survey reported that no other dead birds were located outside of that area.

Robertson said the workers wore the suits as a matter of routine and not out of fear that the birds might be contaminated. He said speculation on the cause is not focusing on disease or poisoning. Arkansas Game and Fish Commission ornithologist Karen Rowe said Saturday the birds showed physical trauma, and speculated that "the flock could have been hit by lightning or high-altitude hail." The commission said that New Year's Eve revelers shooting off fireworks could have startled the birds from their roost and caused them to die from stress.

The birds are currently being sent to laboratories to try and pinpoint the cause of death to the flock.

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