Thankfully, our recent story on 3,000-5,000 blackbirds falling from the sky and dying in Arkansas on New Year’s Eve has gotten quite a few comments and brought up some additional potential explanations. In addition to these, I’ve gone searching for more potential answers and have found a few worth sharing.
But before getting into these, an important thing to note is that about 500 birds suddenly died in Louisiana yesterday as well. Supposedly, they flew into a power line… but why they would have done so is still a mystery. And 500 birds flying into a power line seems a little unlikely to me, but I have read that there are a ton of birds in this area and it is, perhaps, really the cause of death.
Possible Explanations for Mass Bird Deaths
Starting from what I think are the most plausible explanations (but remember, I’m really no expert on this), here we go:
- Geologic shifts and a resulting electrostatic discharge:
- “Birds are very sensitive to electrostatic charges. A simple thunder cloud will irritate a bird severely. This is why birds fly low to the ground just before a storm, to avoid the very uncomfortable charges in the air
- In Arkansas there is one of the Worlds Largest Quartz deposits underground. Quartz is piezoelectric which means a charge developes over the surface of the quartz when pressure is applied to the crystal. The charge is millions of volts but it happens so fast its nearly harmless to people on a small scale. This is how some lighters work. A hammer hits a quartz device releasing a spark.
- Anyways, the recent earthquake has placed new pressures on the quartz deposits in Arkansas. This results in a massive discharge of billions of volts of electricity. Think how a small piece of quartz the size of a pea can light a lighter. Now think about millions of Tons of quartz discharging under the extreme pressures the Earth can push.
- At some point, the charges below created a brief surface charge, positive charge, during a discharge event. The electrostatic charge is immense and knocks the birds out cold in flight. The birds are still alive though, just knocked unconscious. The birds that were flying high were the ones killed upon impact. Blunt force trauma. The birds that were in the trees survived. Some birds like to fly high, others fly low. This explains why it was species specific as the birds that flew high were the ones to die.” (Note: the writer also predicts this is the sign of a massive New Madrid Fault earthquake coming soon.)
- Leaking gas / result of gas exploration. The following are two comments from my first article on this topic that caught my attention. These (or some portion of these) seem very plausible:
- “There was a film featuring birds falling from the sky and fish floating on the water. It’s something to do with the leaking of a certain gas. There may have been a shift change in either land mass or the core of the earth. This will release deadly gasses….”
- “There is a new gas pipeline stretching across that part of the state from Beebe to NW Arkansas. There was a drum fish die off in NW arkansas near the line.
- I have heard there has been a lot of exploratory mining for natural gas all along that area. There have been numerous small earthquakes in nearby Guy Arkansas.
- Loud noises were heard prior to the dead bird fall
- The birds show evidence of physical trauma (they smacked into something)
- My guess: A pocket of methane gas blew from the gas mining area. The birds passed out. Trauma was induced when they smacked into the ground or a building.
- The drum fish kill could also be a gas related thing
- Naughty troublemakers or bird-haters shooting fireworks into bird roosts. Regarding the mass bird death in Louisiana, Dan Cristol, a biology professor and co-founder of the Institute for Integrative Bird Behavior Studies at the College of William & Mary, notes: “They don’t hit a power line for no reason.” He is skeptical of the fireworks theory, though, unless “somebody blew something into the roost, literally blowing the birds into the sky.” Well, knowing humans, that seems entirely likely, especially since I read in one of the many articles I recently browsed that many in this region are not fans of the birds since there are so many of them out there currently.
- Another interesting possibility from the link above is that one doomed bird (perhaps hit by some fireworks) plunged to the ground and others followed it. Maybe not the most likely idea, but given that these birds apparently have quite bad eyesight, especially at night, it’s a possibility. And, similarly, such an occurrence could happen in different situations or slightly different ways, like in the Louisiana case in which the hundreds of birds might have just flown into a power line.
- Government Testing. With a good review of chemical and biological warfare testing by the U.S. government in a variety of circumstances, Paul Joseph Watson and Alex Jones hypothesize that these bird and fish deaths could be the result of some sort of government testing. I don’t think this is likely given the timing (Arkansas bird death on New Year’s Eve and Louisiana bird death a few days later), but couldn’t rule it out.
- Bird Flu or Other Disease. After months of examination, it was found that several thousand birds (grackles) suddenly died in northern Louisiana due to “an E. coli infection of the air sacs in their skulls.” Recent discovery of numerous dead migratory birds in Japan is bringing up concern of H5NI avian influenza. Could the deaths in Louisiana and Arkansas be related to some infection or flu? (This seems unlikely given the speed at which so many birds died… but it is another possibility.)
Other than explaining the mass bird deaths, fish are very sensitive to the Earth’s magnetic field and this could perhaps explain the massive fish die-off not too far away from Beebe, Arkansas.
Or more evidence to support one of the ideas above?
1. Over 3,000 Birds Mysteriously Die, Fall from Sky in Arkansas
2. Birds Fall from the Sky in More Places
3. Mass Bird & Fish Deaths Caused by Hydraulic Fracking & Earthquakes?
4. Sudden Fish Kills, Bird Die-offs, and Other “Fortean” Events
Photo Credit: Camera Slayer