Loud noises caused massive bird deaths

t1largdeadbirdargfcThe mystery surrounding the deaths of 5,000 birds in Arkansas over the weekend is now over. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission performed necropsies on a few birds and found that they “hit something very hard or had hemorrhages.” Chemical and disease testing will take another week. Eyewitnesses reported hearing a loud booms on New Year’s Eve which sent the roosting black birds into the air. Because the birds were likely too scared to fly high, they stayed close to the ground where they impacted buildings, trees, and mailboxes according to Karen Rowe, an ornithologist with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. She goes on to point out that red-winged black birds have poor eyesight at night and it is indeed possible to have a flock of 5,000 at a given time.

In the nearby Arkansas River, 80,000 to 100,000 fish were killed but the report states this was likely unrelated to the bird-kill.

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This post was written by qni_it on January 3, 2011

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  1. amanda January 3, 2011 10:08 PM

    How sad !:(

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