More than 1,000 dead birds fall from sky in Ark

Jan 2, 2011 | Posted by: Inisa Love | Full story: news.yahoo.com

BEEBE, Ark. Wildlife officials are trying to determine what caused more than 1,000 blackbirds to die and fall from the sky over an Arkansas town.

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission said Saturday that it began receiving reports about the dead birds about 11:30 p.m. the previous night. The birds fell over a 1-mile area of Beebe, and an aerial survey indicated that no other dead birds were found outside of that area.
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Feb 12, 2013
 
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<quoted text> Nothingwais UP with the birds. They where all DOWN on the ground dead from blunt trama. In thinking maybe they flew into a methane cloud. Or HAARP?
Come on Churm, quit touting this BS. It was fireworks at midnight on New Years Eve that scared them from their roost. They could not see where they were flying and hit stuff including the ground. That's all there is to it. It's not some mystery or government testing chemicals.

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#8902
Feb 12, 2013
 
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<quoted text>For letting him play in the snow in his pajamas with clogs on. So you want me dead! LOL!
Actually I was defending you. Your kid SHOULD be playing in the snow. Who cares what he's wearing! And alot of people feed the birds more in cold snowy weather.

So is it all melted now?
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Actually I was defending you. Your kid SHOULD be playing in the snow. Who cares what he's wearing! And alot of people feed the birds more in cold snowy weather.
So is it all melted now?
All melted here in the desert. Snow still on the Mountains. I am feeding those birds old cat food. Ironic isn't it..
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Come on Churm, quit touting this BS. It was fireworks at midnight on New Years Eve that scared them from their roost. They could not see where they were flying and hit stuff including the ground. That's all there is to it. It's not some mystery or government testing chemicals.
Did fireworks kill the drum fish on the arkansas river that died at the same time?

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<quoted text> Did fireworks kill the drum fish on the arkansas river that died at the same time?
I don't know much about fish, so I couldn't say what killed them. But fish have died off in large numbers all over the world for many different reasons. How far away from the fireworks were the fish? Is it possible that if the banging was loud enough that it too was responsible for the fish die-off?

Bats will die from exploded lungs if they fly close to a wind turbine. Could it be the same type of secondary effect from fireworks?

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<quoted text>All melted here in the desert. Snow still on the Mountains. I am feeding those birds old cat food. Ironic isn't it..
I always have cat food around. It's great when I get a baby bird I need to feed, or a cat I need to trap.
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I always have cat food around. It's great when I get a baby bird I need to feed, or a cat I need to trap.
I like to feed the cats and trap the birds!

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Feb 13, 2013
 
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<quoted text>I like to feed the cats and trap the birds!
Got my grouse!
http://www.naturecardsforyou.com/Documents/ru...
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Feb 13, 2013
 
Raptor in Michigan wrote:
I see those yearly on my elk hunts. They generally wait until you are right on them to scatter. They scare the hell out of you.

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<quoted text>I see those yearly on my elk hunts. They generally wait until you are right on them to scatter. They scare the hell out of you.
LOL. Yes, they do! Now that I'm learning more about his habits, I'm getting better at locating him and knowing just how close I can get before he flushes. Can't wait to go back up there this weekend!
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LOL. Yes, they do! Now that I'm learning more about his habits, I'm getting better at locating him and knowing just how close I can get before he flushes. Can't wait to go back up there this weekend!
How many do you have?

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<quoted text>How many do you have?
Only seen one hanging out by the house. But last year when I got lost in the woods I kicked up two families. Last week he was fanning his tail as he ran around the yard. Maybe he was courting somebody?
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Only seen one hanging out by the house. But last year when I got lost in the woods I kicked up two families. Last week he was fanning his tail as he ran around the yard. Maybe he was courting somebody?
Like I stated earlier I see them every year on our elk hunts. I grew up in a place that had pheasant everywhere. I love hunting those birds on those cold December mornings. Now that is a pretty bird..
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Ive never seen a grouse in Arkansas. We have a fair amount of turkey and a scarce few BobWhite quail. Deer are more than plentiful.There was a dead flattened cat in the road a red tailed hawk was eating it. It flew away with the run over cat in its talons when my vehicle got close.

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<quoted text>Like I stated earlier I see them every year on our elk hunts. I grew up in a place that had pheasant everywhere. I love hunting those birds on those cold December mornings. Now that is a pretty bird..
On the rare occasion when the traffic clears,(I live next to a busy street) I can hear a pheasant in the neighborhood. I am surrounded by farms, woods and fields, so there is an abundance of wildlife. Yesterday the deer were all in the field across the street from my house when I went to breakfast. Turkeys are abundant around here too.

Ruffed grouse are pretty hard to come by though. On a walk in my "sanctuary" last year, I did kick one up while walking in the woods. But as I stated earlier, the neighbors are really freaked out by someone with a camera, so I don't walk down there anymore. I guess according to the city-slickers that moved into that new subdivision, it's unusual for someone to actually like nature and photograph wildlife. Everyone is so f***ing paranoid that they're being stalked or something. Oh well, their loss to not get to know me anyway!:)

I just can't wait to move to a place where I will have lots of room to roam and nobody to sit in judgement of me.
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Ive never seen a grouse in Arkansas. We have a fair amount of turkey and a scarce few BobWhite quail. Deer are more than plentiful.There was a dead flattened cat in the road a red tailed hawk was eating it. It flew away with the run over cat in its talons when my vehicle got close.
The quail I feed are Gambels. Most all road kill is first hit by those big black ravens before the other birds and coyotes get to it. Those birds get big here.
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On the rare occasion when the traffic clears,(I live next to a busy street) I can hear a pheasant in the neighborhood. I am surrounded by farms, woods and fields, so there is an abundance of wildlife. Yesterday the deer were all in the field across the street from my house when I went to breakfast. Turkeys are abundant around here too.
Ruffed grouse are pretty hard to come by though. On a walk in my "sanctuary" last year, I did kick one up while walking in the woods. But as I stated earlier, the neighbors are really freaked out by someone with a camera, so I don't walk down there anymore. I guess according to the city-slickers that moved into that new subdivision, it's unusual for someone to actually like nature and photograph wildlife. Everyone is so f***ing paranoid that they're being stalked or something. Oh well, their loss to not get to know me anyway!:)
I just can't wait to move to a place where I will have lots of room to roam and nobody to sit in judgement of me.
If you are not trespassing you have the right to walk and take pictures of anything you want..

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Ive never seen a grouse in Arkansas. We have a fair amount of turkey and a scarce few BobWhite quail. Deer are more than plentiful.There was a dead flattened cat in the road a red tailed hawk was eating it. It flew away with the run over cat in its talons when my vehicle got close.
This morning when I woke up and opened the blinds a Coppers Hawk was just flying into the yard. The birds all scattered and the hawk flew away empty taloned after resting in the spruce for a few minutes. I wish he would have gotten one of the doves. I have plenty of 'em!

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Ive never seen a grouse in Arkansas. We have a fair amount of turkey and a scarce few BobWhite quail. Deer are more than plentiful.There was a dead flattened cat in the road a red tailed hawk was eating it. It flew away with the run over cat in its talons when my vehicle got close.
You likely never will see a Ruffed Grouse in Arkansas. You're too far south. But then anything's possible with birds. This page has a map of their range:
http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Ruffed_Gro...
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You likely never will see a Ruffed Grouse in Arkansas. You're too far south. But then anything's possible with birds. This page has a map of their range:
http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Ruffed_Gro...
Ours is the Dusky (blue) grouse.

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