Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Thousands of red-wing Blackbird birds suddenly fall from the sky

About a half hour before entering the year 2011, the population of a small town Beebe, Ark., were surprised by a mysterious event. Thousands of red-wing Blackbird birds suddenly fall from the sky and died with unknown cause. 

Stephen Bryant, a local resident Beebe, to recall the events of that night:
    "Millions of birds fly Blackbird in this area every night. We can look to the sky and see only the black sky as the birds. Then, last night, around 10:30, I went out and saw the birds fall down."
In just a matter of hours after that, just as the turn of the year, thousands of birds that have fallen to the ground and die.
Melissa Weatherly, the next morning to find bird carcasses scattered, said:
    "I immediately called my mother because I have to go to work. I told her to immediately come to my house and keep the kids and my dog because I do not know what was going on. It's really horrible. In fact we will not be able to drive in road without the grind of hundreds of birds that lay. It's really bad. "

This mysterious event soon create alert the relevant departments such as the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. That morning, using protective clothing and masks, dozens of officers from the department rushed to the site and clean up the streets from the carcasses of birds. 

The officials estimated that if the number of birds that fall is about 1,000 birds. Most were dead, but there are also some who are still alive. Bird carcasses were scattered up to a mile and dead birds are birds of many kinds of red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius Phoeniceus). However, other types such as ducks were also found.
When one reporter from TV station THV around the area, he found there a bird that is still alive. The bird looks confused, hurt and walking in circles without making a sound or trying to fly. 

Until now none of the residents were evacuated because of the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) has conducted tests on air quality and found no toxic substances at all.
The officials will soon announce their findings, but to pacify the population, they reveal their allegations, namely: Lightning, stress, hail in height or shocked because a new year fireworks. 

According to Karen Rowe of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, it seems the birds are not killed by poison, as most of the fallen and dead birds from only one species, namely red-winged Blackbird. But Karen also said that they would wait for laboratory results to the exact conclusion. 

He also mentions that similar events have occurred in the whole world. 

Currently, 65 bird carcasses had been sent to the Laboratory of Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission and the Laboratory of the National Wildlife Helath Center in Madison, Wisconsin. Initial examination will be conducted on Monday, tomorrow, January 3, 2011. 

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