I am sure you have all heard about the blackbirds falling from the sky on new year's eve. This happened about 20 miles from where I live and that is all the talk this week.
The birds fell in an area of approximately one mile radius. There have been reports of as many as 5000 dead birds.
Our local paper reported today that preliminary test results by the Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission Veterinary Diagnostic Lab, showed red-winged blackbirds dies from massive trauma. (appears obvious) It's not apparent what caused the bird's unusual behavior, although loud noises were reported shortly before the birds began to fall from the sky. Blackbirds have poor night vision and do not typically fly at night.
Fireworks have been linked to the cause of death but residents of Beebe say they have fireworks at all football games which is within the affected area. "Every night for the last month we've had probably 40,000 to 50,000 birds fly over, but since New Year's Day we haven't had any fly over. Where did they all go?"
Which brings me to another theory: Conspiracy
Yep good ole Conspiracy Theory.....
from AOL News.com
Dead Birds in Arkansas And Other Bad Stuff HAARP Has Been Blamed For
The High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program, known as HAARP, is a project investigating the upper atmosphere's ionosphere, in hopes that improved communications and surveillance tools can be developed. But HAARP has long ruffled the feathers of conspiracy theorists, who think that the program's research involves experiments with dire consequences for the world, including "death rays" and weather manipulation. It was even the topic of an episode of TruTV's "Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura."
Five hundred dead birds were recently found in Louisiana, just days after thousands of deceased red-winged blackbirds were discovered in Arkansas. Though biologists haven't yet been able to examine the Louisiana birds and determine what caused their deaths, speculation is running wild.
Whatever the cause: Lightning, hail, fireworks, etc. it is a sad situation. I can't imagine having that many dead birds in a populated area with children and pets. Some residents say there are still sick birds walking around but not flying!