All those Red Winged Black Birds and Starlings falling out of the sky happened nearby so it’s probably more interesting to me than most. However, I did hear that it made national news. Still, I’ve got to laugh - in a warped kind of way - when it takes something like this to put ‘fly-over country’ on the map.
The deluge of dead red-winged blackbirds, grackles, and starlings that fell out of the skies over Beebe, Ark., on New Year’s Eve in all likelihood has a simple scientific explanation.
Yet genuine concern spread quickly through the town of about 5,000 on New Year’s Eve, and understandably so, as environmental cleanup workers in white jumpsuits descended on Beebe on New Year’s Day to pick up thousands of dead birds from roads and walkways.
The main worry was that the birds, like the proverbial canary in the coal mine, were an indicator of a toxic threat – a possibility that has largely been ruled out. Yet the event spooked residents near and far as, in the absence of a final explanation, imaginations are running wild. People have tried to link the bird die-off – which is certainly unusual, though not unprecedented – to everything from a sign of biblical end times to chemical conspiracies, shifts in the Earth’s magnetic core, and even proof of UFOs.
IN PICTURES: The red-winged blackbird and other ornamental birds
Movies like “The Core,” TV shows like “FlashForward,” and books like the “The Doomsday Key,” which all involve scenes featuring birds falling out of the air, fuel superstitions that birds such as ravens and vultures have prophetic properties or serve as omens. It’s a long-standing belief among mankind.
It’s a fairly long screed, but if need a hoot today, read on:
Blackbirds fall from sky, fish die off: What’s a conspiracy theorist to think? - CSMonitor.com
My take is that they all died of ‘blunt force trauma’. That ground is HARD! :biggrin: