Sing a song of sixpence…….

Sing a song of sixpence

A pocket full of rye

Four and twenty blackbirds

Baked in a pie.

Red winged blackbird: image

The death of thousands of red-winged blackbirds that fell out of the sky over the small town of Beebe, Arkansas on New Year’s Eve night is a mystery that has the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission sending the dead birds off for testing in hopes of a reasonable explanation. …..

Just how many birds died seems to vary with the Associated Press reporting that the last of the 2,000 dead birds was removed about 11 a.m. Sunday in the Beebe, a town that is approximately 40 miles northeast of Little Rock.

CNN reports that there area over 5,000 birds dead, where ” the bodies of red-winged blackbirds litter a street and field.”

Poison or illness have been ruled out and speculation is that some kind of stress – perhaps due to a hail storm, or a lightning strike or New Year fireworks  – could have caused the death of these birds. Lab results are expected to take upto a week.

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One Response to “Sing a song of sixpence…….”

  1. Fireworks killed the blackbirds « The k2p blog Says:

    […] killed the blackbirds By ktwop As a follow-up to my earlier post about the thousands of red-winged blackbirds which dropped dead out of the sky in Arkansas, the BBC […]

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