Trauma cited in mysterious Ark. bird kill
By Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY
A mysterious event that caused thousands of red-wing blackbirds to rain down from the sky New Year’s Eve in
the Arkansas town of Beebe may have occurred when loud noises or fireworks frightened a flock that roosts in a neighborhood, causing them to fly into buildings and other obstacles, a state ornithologist said.
Dead birds discovered in Louisiana
by Dege Legg
Like some Hitchcock movie with no score, the mystery of the dead birds has now hit Louisiana. Just a few days after nearly 5,000 dead birds were reported falling from the sky in Beebe, Arkansas on Dec. 31, approximately 500 dead blackbirds and starlings have been found in Pointe Coupee Parish. The red-winged blackbirds – similar to those found in Arkansas – were spotted lying in roads and ditches in the community of Labarre between Morganza and New Roads on Highway 10.