Blackbird Mass Deaths: New Years 2010 to 2014 – Solved
(c) David Dilworth
“Shortly before midnight on New Year’s Eve (2010-2011) between 3,000 and 5,000 red-winged blackbirds fell from the sky in Beebe (Arkansas). Most were dead on the ground but some were living but dazed.” – Wikipedia
What could cause rapid death of hundreds of birds and leave no physical trace and no hint of any disease – several years in a row ?
There are many conjectures (lightning, disease, pollution, stress, cars) but no solution even comes close to fitting all the facts.
Lets start with agreed upon facts.
- It is widely agreed that the birds were startled into flight by fireworks exploding at New Year’s Eve celebrations. This identical phenomena occurred several New Years in a row.
3. The birds were examined and found to have died of “blunt force trauma” – they suffered from “internal bleeding and blood clots in the body cavity.” Autopsy ruled out chemicals/poisons, infectious disease and gunshots.
4. What is rarely reported is that mass die offs of animals is not a rare occurrence. According to the U.S. Geological Service, there are more than 150 reports of mass animal die offs in the United States every year “and that’s probably a dramatic undercount.”
Birds startled into flight by fireworks of New Year’s Eve celebrations and then flying into sub-freezing air – could have frozen to death while flying, or could have frozen enough to lose their ability to maintain or control their flying.
Freezing would cause them to fall a hundred feet or more, hitting the ground hard and giving them what was indeed death by blunt force trauma.
This hypothesis is consistent with all reported facts including —
- Other bird species suffered the same fate at the same time including Starlings and Grackles.
- Some birds found on the ground were dazed but alive.
Aflockalypse Mystery Solved.
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