I reported yesterday that thousands of blackbirds fell out of the sky all over Beebe, Arkansas. At the same time, black birds fell on beaches in Bio Bio Chile. And in another unexplained mystery, thousands of dead drumfish were washing up on shores of the Arkansas River near Ozark, Arkansas. Today we discover that the birds die-off is happening also in Kentucky and Louisiana. First, LA: MORE blackbirds are found dead on the ground, littering roads and ditches in Louisiana. The news spot is from WBRZ. The media is downplaying the incident, but they do make reference to the Arkansas die-off.
"Around 500 dead blackbirds and starlings have been found in Pointe Coupee Parish, according to state wildlife officials. The birds were spotted lying in roads and ditches near Labarre Elementary School. The community is between Morganza and New Roads on Highway 10. Scientists from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries have been sent out to collect samples, which will be sent for testing to the University of Georgia and National Wildlife Center in Wisconsin. This comes after about 5,000 blackbirds and swallows were found dead around Beebe, Ark. on New Year's Eve. Dr. Jim LaCour with LDWF said he's not sure the two incidents are connected. "It's not common, (but) we do see a few die-offs for various reasons," said LaCour. "Yes, we need to look into it, we need to be a little alarmed, but it's not out of the scope of things to have a die-off." LaCour said people who find such die-offs should not touch the animals, and instead contact their regional wildlife office."
And...now the news of the birds that fell to the ground in Kentucky.
Some conspiracy theorists have postulated that since birds are sensitive to the earth's magnetic field and use it for navigation, and since the magnetic north pole is racing toward Siberia, (a Scientific American article title), that the birds have been traumatized by this magnetic shift. Hey, it makes more sense than what Fish and Wildlife postulated, that New Year's fireworks' concussions traumatized the birds, or that gunfire did it. If that was true, millions of birds would fall to the ground every 4th of July, and Texas would be littered with birds wall to wall. Or this speculation of the Arkansas bird die-off, "Autopsies have since ruled out poisoning. One top biologist from Cornell University said the birds were "....probably asleep in a single tree when a washing machine-type thunderstorm sucked them up into the air, disoriented them, and even fatally soaked and chilled them."'
To sum up: in the last few days dead blackbirds fell to the ground by the thousands in Beebe Arkansas; Paducah, Kentucky; LaBarre, Louisiana, and Bio Bio Chile. Experts cannot explain it. Now raise your hand if you do not think THIS is a sign...