Arkansas birds died of trauma

Necropsies suggest loud noise caused panicked flock to fly into objects

By Rachel Ehrenberg, 18:43 PM January 3, 2011

The blackbirds falling in the dead of night over Beebe, Ark., suffered more than broken wings. Preliminary postmortem results on 18 of the thousands of blackbirds and starlings that fell from the sky New Year’s Eve point to blunt force trauma as the cause of death. Toxicology results won’t be in until later in the week, but poison, hail, or gunshot are all unlikely, says state veterinarian George Bradley.

Around 11:30 p.m. on New Year’s Eve calls started coming in reporting dead red-winged b...

Source URL: