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Birds Fall From Sky

January 4, 2011 by USA Post 

Birds Fall From Sky, (UKPA) – Workers of environmental services in the United States have been collecting the carcasses of about 2,000 red-winged blackbirds that fell dead from the sky in a city central Arkansas. Birds fell Friday night on an area a mile Beebe, 40 miles from Little Rock, and an aerial survey indicated that no other dead birds were found outside this area.

Workers from U.S. Environmental Services began cleaning on Saturday and confirmed the last dead bird was deleted at 11am on Sunday morning. Beebe Mayor Mike Robertson said that workers were wearing protective suits for the withdrawal as a matter of routine and not out of fear that birds may be contaminated.

He said that speculation about the cause of death in birds does not focus on the disease or poisoning.

Several hundred thousand red-winged blackbirds have used a wooded area of the city as a staging area for the past few years, “he said. The mayor and other officials arrived at the roost at the weekend and found no dead birds on the ground.

“That the rules about an illness” or poisoning, said the mayor.

Arkansas Game and Fish Commission ornithologist Karen Rowe said the birds showed signs of physical trauma, and speculated that “the herd may have been struck by lightning or hail at high altitude.

The commission said that New Year revelers launch fireworks may have frightened the birds from their perch and the slew of stress.

Robby King, a wildlife officer of the commission, collected about 65 dead birds, which will be sent foranlysis to the Livestock and Poultry Commission state laboratory and the National Wildlife Health Center.

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