2011: red-winged birds fell from the sky (updated thrice)

A Charles Fort-style New Year!
“Arkansas Game and Fish Press Release:
BEEBE, Ark.– Friday night, ringing in the New Year took on a whole different meaning for the citizens of Beebe. Around 11:30 p.m., enforcement officers with Arkansas Game and Fish Commission began getting reports of dead black birds falling from the sky in the city limits of Beebe.

Officers estimated that over 1,000 birds had fallen out of the sky over the city before midnight. Most of the birds were dead, but some were still alive when officers arrived. The blackbirds fell over a one-mile area in the city. AGFC wildlife officer Robby King responded to the reports and found hundreds of birds. “Shortly after I arrived there were still birds falling from the sky,” King said. King collected about 65 dead birds that will be sent to the Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission lab and the National Wildlife Health Center lab in Madison, Wis.
The AGFC has flown over the area to gauge the scope of the event. There were no other birds found outside of the initial area.
AGFC ornithologist Karen Rowe said that strange events similar to this one have occurred a number of times across the globe. “Test results usually were inconclusive, but the birds showed physical trauma and that the flock could have been hit by lightning or high-altitude hail,” Rowe said. ”
Culled from usmessageboard.com – check there for updates. If there are any further omens, contact us here at Blather.net, where we are currently writing a 23rd chapter to the Book of Revelations, a text we have always considered to be incomplete…
Update: ‘100,000 dead fish in Arkansas near where 5,000 blackbirds dropped from sky’ – Daily Telegraph.com.au
Update: Maybe there are dead birds lying around our streets all the time and it’s only now we notice them? Or, it never happened before – and it’s the freakkin’ apocalypse!!! – Read the latest: ‘Mysterious bird deaths hit Sweden – Dozens of dead birds have been found lying in a residential street in Sweden, days after thousands of birds fell to their deaths in the US’ – BBC.co.uk 5 January 2011.
Update: ‘On Wednesday, GeaPress reported hundreds — possibly thousands — of dead and dying birds in Italy. Countless turtle doves were found scattered in the streets, in flower beds and hanging tragically from trees “like Christmas balls” in the town of Faenza. Many of the birds that fell dead from the sky were discovered with a mysterious blue stain in their beaks.’ – Huffington Post, Friday 7 January 2011.

Barry Kavanagh writes fiction, and has made music, formerly with Dacianos.

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