Birds fall from sky again, this time in Louisiana

January 4, 2011
A blackbird forages for food on railway tracks at Bremen's railway station 2007. The second unexplained mass bird death within a week has been discovered in the southern United States, this time in the state of Louisiana, officials said Tuesday.

The second unexplained mass bird death within a week has been discovered in the southern United States, this time in the state of Louisiana, officials said Tuesday.

The latest incident affected some 500 which were discovered dead in Pointe Coupee Parish, said Olivia Watkins of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

Watkins said an investigation was underway into the cause of the deaths, which occurred just a few days after thousands of birds were discovered dead in neighboring Arkansas.


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"We sent samples to a lab in Missouri and are waiting to get some results," she said.

Nancy Ledbetter at the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission said officials in that state were awaiting test results to find the cause of death of as many as 5,000 blackbirds in the small town of Beebe as well as deaths of 80,000 to 100,000 fish found floating in the Arkansas River about 160 kilometers (100 miles) away.

"We still don't believe the (fish and bird deaths) are related," she said.

As to the incident in Louisiana, she said "We don't expect that to be related either."

Officials said earlier that some type of disturbance -- possibly fireworks on New Year's Eve -- might have provoked the birds to take flight in the dark. Because blackbirds have poor night vision they may have died after bumping into houses, trees and other birds in their fright.

Arkansas officials said preliminary testing showed no signs of disease in the dead birds and that they died of "acute physical trauma."

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Quantum_Conundrum
2.3 / 5 (6) Jan 04, 2011
Maybe the birds are killing one another? Humans do it all the time.
kevinrtrs
2.2 / 5 (5) Jan 04, 2011
Maybe someone has invented and is now testing the ultimate laser gun and the birds are the unfortunate recipients of that dastardly act ;-)
TheGhostofOtto1923
2.2 / 5 (9) Jan 04, 2011
Maybe someone has invented and is now testing the ultimate laser gun and the birds are the unfortunate recipients of that dastardly act ;-)
What an oddly secular quote on such a potentially eschatological topic from such a dedicated delusionist. Come on, quote ezekiel or something or I might think the world is coming to an end-

Oh I get it- you were being sarcastic. Maybe it was a blue laser-
plasticpower
4.4 / 5 (7) Jan 04, 2011
In all seriousness, this is starting to sound like a potential cover-up of some environmental disaster in the area. And how can they claim the two bird die-offs in neighboring areas aren't related? It sounds absurd.
PoppaJ
3.3 / 5 (7) Jan 04, 2011
It took a little research but I have figured it out. The fire works disturbed the birds, they left there trees and flew into a pocket of toxic volcanic gas. 17 miles NW of Beebe AR there has been several earth quakes registering an average of 2.0 over the last week or so. These events can easily release persistent gas clouds. The Blunt force trauma is from the birds hitting obstacles as the fell to the ground. This would make if difficult to determine the cause of death if the gas released causes pulmonary edema. Yes I want credit.
Sculpture_void
3 / 5 (2) Jan 04, 2011
Crazy...
Howhot
2.6 / 5 (5) Jan 04, 2011
I vote fireworks. If they find a lot of bird crap around the roost you know something scared the crap out of them. LOL; Oh never mind; its a roost how can you tell?
rioindio
2.4 / 5 (5) Jan 04, 2011
Very likely birds were zapped by the low frequency waves from HAARP, which bounces million watt sound waves off the ionosphere and back to areas that are man made chemtrail layers of nano size particles of barium and aluminum. Heavy spraying was reported across the nation on Jan 1st and 2nd, followed by earthquakes in Chile and Argentina.
trekgeek1
1.3 / 5 (3) Jan 04, 2011
Maybe the Earths magnetic polarity is shifting again and they are being driven crazy by navigational abnormalities. I'm no bird expert, so I'm just throwing ideas out.
am_Unition
5 / 5 (4) Jan 04, 2011
million watt sound waves


...nope!
I_Dont_Have_A_Name
5 / 5 (3) Jan 05, 2011
Sounds like a job for Scooby and The Gang
technicalengeneering
5 / 5 (3) Jan 05, 2011
Just saying,

The Core!!

MAD whoahahahaha!!
Egnite
5 / 5 (2) Jan 05, 2011
Birds also dropped dead in March in England, from evading a Sparrow Hawk apparently.

news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/somerset/8560398.stm

Who knows what causes this but fireworks seems a tad far fetched considering their constant use worldwide.
Husky
not rated yet Jan 05, 2011
its the chinese i say, they are testing their reverse engineered version of haarp in shooting UAV out of the skies from halve a globe away
/conspiricy mode
jamesrm
5 / 5 (1) Jan 05, 2011
Maybe they miss all the bees :)

rgds
jms
Donutz
not rated yet Jan 05, 2011
Whatever it is, it has to be something that will affect birds over a wide area, at about the same time, and it has to act fast. A sick bird would perch before dying. Dead birds found in the middle of a clear area obviously were flying shortly before dying. An atmospheric electrical discharge would fill the bill (nyuk nyuk). I'm not saying that's the *best* explanation, but it's better than some I've heard.
TheGhostofOtto1923
1 / 5 (2) Jan 05, 2011
Very likely birds were zapped by the low frequency waves from HAARP, which bounces million watt sound waves off the ionosphere and back to areas that are man made chemtrail layers of nano size particles of barium and aluminum. Heavy spraying was reported across the nation on Jan 1st and 2nd, followed by earthquakes in Chile and Argentina.
-Could have something to do with that north korean minisub that sank the gulf oil rig... in order to trigger a massive methane release which would incinerate new Orleans. Which is killing only blackbirds with red wings. Or the Taos Hum did it.
TheGhostofOtto1923
1 / 5 (2) Jan 05, 2011
Or:
http
://educate-yourself.org/cn/projectbluebeam25jul05.shtml
Quantum_Conundrum
not rated yet Jan 05, 2011
Whatever it is, it has to be something that will affect birds over a wide area, at about the same time, and it has to act fast. A sick bird would perch before dying. Dead birds found in the middle of a clear area obviously were flying shortly before dying. An atmospheric electrical discharge would fill the bill (nyuk nyuk). I'm not saying that's the *best* explanation, but it's better than some I've heard.


Yeah, we've thought about the sick birds should perch or at least be conscious long enough to land somewhere. These birds have physical trauma, which suggests a fight or a sudden impact of some kind. The question is "why?"
Skepticus
not rated yet Jan 05, 2011
Must be a mad scientist testing his brand new forcefield from his caravan, driving from arkansas to lousiana..!The poor fowls just couldn't see it and broke their necks :-)
PoppaJ
not rated yet Jan 09, 2011
I stated the solution on the last one. now I will also explain this one. If you look at the flight path you will notice the second group of birds died directly south of the the first group. If the birds brains were damaged by the previously mentioned toxic volcanic gas release caused by the quakes just north of Beebe then you would have brained damaged birds following there basic programing. flying south. eventually they would die of exhaustion. 365 miles of break neck flying would do it. I still want credit.

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