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Old 01-02-2011, 04:55 PM   #1
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More than 1,000 dead birds fall from sky in Ark. - Yahoo! News

"Wildlife officials are trying to determine what caused more than 1,000 blackbirds to die and fall from the sky over an Arkansas town.
The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission said Saturday that it began receiving reports about the dead birds about 11:30 p.m. the previous night. The birds fell over a 1-mile area of Beebe, and an aerial survey indicated that no other dead birds were found outside of that area"
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Old 01-02-2011, 05:53 PM   #2
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I heard... hmm, ok, I heard a theory that seemed reasonable.


If there is an upwelling of air, and it drives the birds high to very low temperatures where they get hypothermic and die.
Also I heard some talk big differentials in air pressures existing, I suppose this would be involved in wind, but there is some weird thing where they fly across the boundary and their little birdy ears get all messed up.
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Old 01-03-2011, 12:54 AM   #3
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Wouldn't it be odd for Blackbirds to be flying at night? Maybe they were startled by a New Year Fireworks display.
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Old 01-03-2011, 01:03 AM   #4
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Let's hope there is a natural explanation. There was also a fish kill in Arkansas about 125 miles away. Over 100,000 fish of one species died.

Birds, fish die en masse in Arkansas
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Old 01-03-2011, 08:17 AM   #5
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Let's hope that necropsies can provide some more insight into this very odd and disturbing occurrence.
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Old 01-03-2011, 12:32 PM   #6
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The count for bird deaths is now up to 5,000. The article below states that they may know some thing today or tomorrow on the cause.

Up to 5,000 birds fell from Ark. sky - U.S. news - Environment - msnbc.com
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Old 01-03-2011, 07:17 PM   #7
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Have there been reports in previous years elsewhere of similar occurences? You would think if fireworks could do such a thing that it would be a known phenomenon, given how often fireworks are set off in multiple locations in this country. Such a huge number of birds... what were they doing flying around at night in Arkansas anyway?
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Old 01-03-2011, 09:52 PM   #8
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I have a feeling they will determine it was pesticides. Just a hunch.
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Old 01-04-2011, 06:48 AM   #9
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I have a feeling they will determine it was pesticides. Just a hunch.
Given the timing of this event; I find this hypothesis extremely unlikely. I would look more for factory emissions if a man-made cause is involved.
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Old 01-04-2011, 03:12 PM   #10
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For the latest discussion/speculation on this subject, see First Falling Birds, Now Dead Fish in Arkansas - CBS News - it appears possible that something caused a flock to become airborne and disoriented at night.
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