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PostSubject: 3,000 Birds die in Arkansas all at once   Mon Jan 03, 2011 4:59 pm

This is rather interesting...

Labs seek clues after 3,000 birds die



LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Wildlife experts are trying to solve a mystery
that evoked images of the apocalypse: Why did more than 3,000 red-winged
blackbirds tumble from the Arkansas sky shortly before midnight on New
Year's Eve?
Scientists are investigating whether bad weather, fireworks or poison
might have forced the birds out of the sky, or if a disoriented bird
simply led the flock into the ground.

"We have a lot more questions," said Karen Rowe, an ornithologist
with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. She said there are
documented cases of birds becoming confused and plunging to earth.
Residents of the small town of Beebe, northeast of Little Rock, awoke
Saturday to find thousands of dead blackbirds littering a
1.5-square-mile area. The birds inexplicably dropped dead, landing on
homes, cars and lawns. Cleanup crews wore protective suits, gas masks
and rubber gloves as they spent the holiday weekend gathering the
carcasses.

The director of Cornell University's ornithology lab in Ithaca, N.Y.,
said the most likely suspect is violent weather. It's probable that
thousands of birds were asleep, roosting in a single tree, when a
"washing machine-type thunderstorm" sucked them up into the air,
disoriented them, and even fatally soaked and chilled them.
"Bad weather can occasionally catch flocks off guard, blow them off a
roost, and they get hurled up suddenly into this thundercloud," lab
director John Fitzpatrick said.

Rough weather had hit the state earlier Friday, but the worst of it
was already well east of Beebe by the time the birds started falling,
said Chris Buonanno, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in
North Little Rock.
If weather was the cause, the birds could have died in several ways,
Fitzpatrick said. They could easily become disoriented -- with no lights
to tell them up and down -- and smack into the ground. Or they could
have died from exposure.
The birds' feathers keep them at a toasty 103 degrees, but "once that
coat gets unnaturally wet, it's only a matter of minutes before they're
done for," Fitzpatrick said.

Regardless of how they died, the birds will not be missed. Large
blackbird roosts like one at Beebe can have thousands of birds that
leave ankle- to knee-deep piles of droppings in places.
Nearly a decade ago, state wildlife officials fired blanks from
shotguns and cannons to move a roost of thousands of blackbirds from
Beebe. In recent years, many of the migratory birds returned.
Red-winged blackbirds are the among North America's most abundant
birds, with somewhere between 100 million and 200 million nationwide,
Fitzpatrick said. Rowe put the number of dead in Beebe at "easily
3,000."

Bird carcasses were shipped to the Arkansas Livestock and Poultry
Commission and the National Wildlife Health Center in Madison, Wis.
Researchers in Georgia also asked for a set of the dead birds. Test
results could be back in a week.

Rowe said many of the birds suffered injuries from striking the
ground, but it was not clear whether they were alive when they hit. A
few grackles and a couple of starlings were also among the dead. Those
species roost with blackbirds, particularly in winter.
Tens of thousands of blackbirds can roost in a single tree. And they
do not see well at night, when they usually sleep, Fitzpatrick said.
Earlier Friday, a tornado killed three people in Cincinnati, Ark.,
about 150 miles away. Then a couple hours before the birds died,
thunderstorms also passed through parts of central Arkansas. Lightning
could have killed the birds directly or startled them to the point that
they became confused. Hail also has been known to knock birds from the
sky.

In 2001, lightning killed about 20 mallards at Hot Springs, and a
flock of dead pelicans was found in the woods about 10 years ago, Rowe
said. Lab tests showed that they, too, had been hit by lighting.
Back in 1973, hail knocked birds from the sky at Stuttgart, Ark., on
the day before hunting season. Some of the birds were caught in a
violent storm's updrafts and became encased in ice before falling from
the sky.

Rowe and Fitzpatrick said poisoning was possible but unlikely. Rowe
said birds of prey and other animals, including dogs and cats, ate
several of the dead birds and suffered no ill effects.
"Every dog and cat in the neighborhood that night was able to get a fresh snack that night," Rowe said.


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PostSubject: Re: 3,000 Birds die in Arkansas all at once   Mon Jan 03, 2011 6:49 pm

Wow./That's sad......wounder why that happned
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PostSubject: Re: 3,000 Birds die in Arkansas all at once   Mon Jan 03, 2011 10:53 pm

Looks like thousands of fish also died. Check out article below.

What's Killing the Birds, Fish?
ABC NEWS | JANUARY 03, 2011
http://feeds.abcnews.com/click.phdo?i=eb61ae4718d0e1e166e9baf6b0c91a0b

Tests underway to determine why birds tumbled from the Arkansas sky, and fish floated dead. read more

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PostSubject: Re: 3,000 Birds die in Arkansas all at once   Tue Jan 04, 2011 12:06 am

Beebe, where this happend is where my sister, Heather lives. She said the birds where everywhere! She said there was alot of bad weather in their area right before that happend...weather sirens going off too. So it sounds right that the birds got caught up in lightening possibly. Now, the fish....thats odd. Puts a new twist on things. scratchead




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PostSubject: Re: 3,000 Birds die in Arkansas all at once   Tue Jan 04, 2011 12:21 am

Pretty freaky if you ask me.
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PostSubject: Re: 3,000 Birds die in Arkansas all at once   Tue Jan 04, 2011 7:32 am

WOW that is really odd!! Fish and birds!

Oh and ABC in America is not related to ABC here.(ABC here in Australia stands for Australian Broadcasting Comission).


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PostSubject: Re: 3,000 Birds die in Arkansas all at once   Tue Jan 04, 2011 9:14 am

There are more dead boids in Louisiana...

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PostSubject: Re: 3,000 Birds die in Arkansas all at once   Tue Jan 04, 2011 10:59 am

Whoa! OhMy
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PostSubject: Re: 3,000 Birds die in Arkansas all at once   Tue Jan 04, 2011 12:19 pm

This is very strange...


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PostSubject: Re: 3,000 Birds die in Arkansas all at once   Tue Jan 04, 2011 12:42 pm

Reminds me of that Hitchcock movie about the birds. I forget what it was called.
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PostSubject: Re: 3,000 Birds die in Arkansas all at once   Tue Jan 04, 2011 1:05 pm

Rob wrote:
Reminds me of that Hitchcock movie about the birds. I forget what it was called.

Rob. HeeHee Have you ever seen the movie "The Core"? We love that movie. Anyway, there's an 'interesting' bird scene in that one too. Yikes


I see that the article is now saying that first incident is up to 5,000 birds. thud And of all the bird species out there, I find it a bit ironic that both occurences involve black birds. Do do do do....
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PostSubject: Re: 3,000 Birds die in Arkansas all at once   Tue Jan 04, 2011 1:30 pm

Amy wrote:
Have you ever seen the movie "The Core"? We love that movie. Anyway, there's an 'interesting' bird scene in that one too.

Hadn't heard of that one, Amy. I just took at look at the description on Netflix, and it sounds very interesting!
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PostSubject: Re: 3,000 Birds die in Arkansas all at once   Tue Jan 04, 2011 1:49 pm

I think you'd like it Rob....it's no academy award winner, but highly entertaining! I've always liked the main star too, Aaron Eckart.
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PostSubject: Re: 3,000 Birds die in Arkansas all at once   Tue Jan 04, 2011 5:08 pm

Did anyone here see FlashForward???
All these birds dying remind me of all the birds dying in FlashForward. It feels like I'm reliving an episode of FlashFoward! Pretty weird! lol



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PostSubject: Re: 3,000 Birds die in Arkansas all at once   Tue Jan 04, 2011 5:31 pm

Oh yes...I remember that scene Carol. Gosh, what happened to that show?! scratchead
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PostSubject: Re: 3,000 Birds die in Arkansas all at once   Tue Jan 04, 2011 5:35 pm

Carol wrote:
Did anyone here see FlashForward???
All these birds dying remind me of all the birds dying in FlashForward. It feels like I'm reliving an episode of FlashFoward! Pretty weird! lol


One of my friends on FB said the very exact thing about the bird story reminding her of FlashForward. Smile


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PostSubject: Re: 3,000 Birds die in Arkansas all at once   Tue Jan 04, 2011 8:17 pm

This is why this happened, listen to the drunk, lol!

http://www.hulu.com/watch/13277/the-birds-end-of-the-world



Some whack job was saying it's a sign the end is near too.


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PostSubject: Re: 3,000 Birds die in Arkansas all at once   Tue Jan 04, 2011 9:14 pm

Love that movie. Thanks for posting that, Beckie.
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PostSubject: Re: 3,000 Birds die in Arkansas all at once   Wed Jan 05, 2011 10:24 am

Cool that the clip also happens to be Little House's Mr. Hanson. Nice tie-in.
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PostSubject: Re: 3,000 Birds die in Arkansas all at once   Wed Jan 05, 2011 12:19 pm

To add to the mystery, 50-100 jackdaws, a bird species in the crow family, fell dead in central Sweden late Tuesday night



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PostSubject: Re: 3,000 Birds die in Arkansas all at once   Wed Jan 05, 2011 1:59 pm

Birds have now fallen dead in Louisiana and Kentucky.....now, I know Kentucky can use them for something.......perhaps Louisiana as well....... Whistle


ROTFL My son's step daughter is 5 years old and very smart.....she can read some and spell as well......when they were up this past weekend, my son said, "Brianna, spell chicken." She looked as serious as could be and said, "K. F. C!"



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PostSubject: Re: 3,000 Birds die in Arkansas all at once   Wed Jan 05, 2011 11:02 pm

Rhonda wrote:
My son's step daughter is 5 years old and very smart.....she can read some and spell as well......when they were up this past weekend, my son said, "Brianna, spell chicken." She looked as serious as could be and said, "K. F. C!"

laugh3 Kids say the darndest things!!


Wow, I didn't know there's been even more birds falling to their deaths! scratchead
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PostSubject: Re: 3,000 Birds die in Arkansas all at once   Wed Jan 05, 2011 11:06 pm

Savannah wrote:
Cool that the clip also happens to be Little House's Mr. Hanson. Nice tie-in.

Wow, I watched that clip yesterday and didn't even recognize him! BUT, I did think I knew that voice from somewhere! Thumbsup



I just checked Youtube to see if I could find a clip of the bird scene in the movie The Core that I had mentioned. Nothing there, but oh my gosh, this video with this lady talking about it had me rolling!! She's a trip! Laughing I wouldn't have explained this quite like she has, but she does give you a little insight! Wink

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