As seen in the Daily Mail and other places, 1,000 Arkansas birds fall from the sky on the last day of 2010. Blackbirds, to be exact. It happened in the town of Beebe, throughout the night. Reasons that have been given for the bizarre bird deaths include “stress” from fireworks going off, or weather.
Which totally explains why dudes in Hazmat suits from “United States Environmental Services LLC” are doing cleanup.
By the way, there’s a related story: hundreds of thousands of dead fish have been found along a 20 mile stretch of the Arkansas river. Disease was suspected, since almost all the fish were Drum fish, and pollutants would have affected more species. But authorities said it was still fine to fish in the river if you want:
“Right now it’s fine to fish. If you go out there you can still fish for bass and crappie, catfish, it will be fine. Obviously don’t’ eat the dead fish.”
Obviously. Interesting that “cleanup” was left for the raccoons and the birds to take care of. Hmm, wonder if the blackbirds ate the dead fish.
Tests showed that the Arkansas blackbirds suffered internal injuries. Cause not determined.
Now birds have dropped from the sky in Louisiana!
Note: as somebody pointed out, Beebe and Pointe Coupee Parish are both located on the 91 degree meridian (longitude). Weird.
A Gilbertsville, Kentucky woman reported dozens of dead birds around her house.
“Have you checked the geological survey recently?” asked a friend of ours. It turns out that there have been a series of small earthquakes around the area of Guy, AR (about an hour’s drive from Beebe), this past week.
Sure, but how would that affect birds? Well, what if the cause of the quakes aren’t below ground, but above it?