Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Dead blackbirds in Arkansas ... and elsewhere?

If you're into birds, you've probably been following the story of the estimated 3,000 blackbirds that fell, dead, from the sky over Beebe, Arkansas. Most were Red-Winged Blackbirds.

The latest news, from the BBC, is that the birds may have been startled or traumatized in some way by exploding fireworks from the town's New Year's Eve display. Another theory is that the flock could have been disoriented by major thunderstorms that occurred on Dec. 31. Poisoning apparently has been ruled out as a cause of the mass avian mortality.

There are now reports of 500 dead red-wings and starlings in Louisiana. And a smaller incident in Kentucky.

Worrisome. Is something bigger going on here? We need more info.

More at Birdchick.com on Aflockalypse Now..

And a New York Times article this week on what makes birds such fabulous flying machines...

1 comment:

Dawn Fine said...

Yeah..I agree..more info! Sorry,we werent able to hook up..we got into Annapolis..stayed at the Doubletree next to the Malls..went to cheesecake factory for dinner and went back to the hotel and crashed..then left early the next day for NC.
Happy New Year to you both!