Well, if, like me, you thought the freak occurrence in Arkansas on New Year’s Eve where over 3,000 birds fell from the sky was a one time thing, think again.
Hundreds of Dead Birds Found in Louisiana
Yesterday, approximately 500 birds were found along a quarter-mile stretch of Louisiana Highway 1 near Baton Rouge, Lousiana (in the town of Pointe Coupee Parish).
Again, the dead birds included a number of red-wing blackbirds, but starlings and grackles were found in this bunch as well.
This is about 300 miles south of Beebe, Arkansas, where over 3,000 birds fell from the sky. As in that case, experts in Louisiana are having a hard time identifying what exactly caused these birds to die. However, it seems most likely they ran into a power line. But, again, “why?” is the question.
This is not the first time so many birds have fallen from the sky in Louisiana. Apparently, approximately 3,000 birds died in Morehouse Parish in northern Louisiana in 1999. “Scientists at the U.S. Geological Service laboratory in Wisconsin diagnosed the cause as an E. coli infection of air sacs in their skulls,” the Associated Press (AP) reports.
Mass Bird Deaths Around the U.S.
Well, as I said above, apparently this is not too uncommon. The AP also reports the following:
The U.S. Geological Service’s website lists about 90 mass deaths of birds and other wildlife from June through Dec. 12. Five list deaths of at least 1,000 birds and another 12 show at least 500 dead birds.
The largest was near Houston, Minn., where about 4,000 water birds died between Sept. 6 and Nov. 26 from infestations of various parasites.
Still, how many of those happened all at one time (like in Arkansas)?
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