It’s Raining Birds

Here’s something you don’t see every day.

Mystery Surrounds 2,000 Birds that Fell Dead from the Sky

Authorities in Arkansas are trying to solve a grisly mystery: What caused nearly 2,000 red-winged blackbirds to fall dead out of the sky on New Years Eve Night.

The carcasses of some of the nearly 2,000 red-winged blackbirds that inexplicably fell on an Arkansas town will be sent for testing to determine the cause of death.

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission says the state Livestock and Poultry Commission Lab and the National Wildlife Health Center Lab in Madison, Wis., will examine the dead birds starting Monday.

Commission spokesman Keith Stephens says the birds fell in an area about a mile long and a half-mile wide. He says it’s not the first time birds have dropped from the Arkansas sky.

Environmental workers finished picking up the carcasses on Sunday.

Commission ornithologist Karen Rowe says the flock could have been hit by lightning or high-altitude hail, or may have been startled by fireworks.

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I’m certainly no expert, but I don’t find any of the three possible explanations particularly satisfying as to what might cause birds to drop dead out of the sky over an area one mile long and half a mile wide.

/all I can say is that I’m glad I’m not living in Arkansas