The birds showed physical trauma, said Rowe, who surmised that "the flock could have been hit by lightning or high-altitude hail."
The agency also said another possibility is that New Year's Eve revelers shooting off fireworks in the area could have startled the birds from their roost and caused them to die from stress.
And a good overview of the story is here:
It happened in 2007 to a flock (note, a flock) of purple martins. Prompting then, as now and every other time, the suggestion that this was a sign of the end-times.
If you are familiar with the sight of blackbirds flocking in huge numbers, then this story might seem less surprising to you. It's New-Years Eve. Fireworks scare a huge roosting flock of birds into the air. They are disoriented by more fireworks. They head for the the lights of the town. They don't normally fly in the dark. They crash into each other, trees, building, lights, the ground. A lot of the end up dead. It's not at all implausible. Consider that in 1958, in China, literally tens of millions of sparrows were killed simply by people not letting them roost, which they did by banging pots and pans together. When the birds are exhausted, they just drop dead out of the sky.
What of the other birds found mixed in? And aren't Blackbirds solitary birds? Well:
So yes, Red Winged Blackbirds form flocks of thousands of birds:
Here's a video of some kids scaring up a roosting flock of blackbirds in the evening, easily several thousand birds. Imagine if it had been later at night, with fireworks. Through injury or exhaustion, some of those birds are going to end up dead, or so damaged they die later.
The key thing that the media stories seem to be missing is that some thing happened to a flock. Birds are not just randomly dropping from the sky. There was some event that somehow damaged the flock.
Just last year (2010), a small flock of birds apparently flew into something while being chased, or sick.
“They have done a swoop to try to escape but they all got too low and hit the ground,” said a spokesman. “Bystanders heard a whooshing sound as the birds fell to the ground and suddenly there were dead ones everywhere.
1963 - Santa Cruz - The inspiration for the Hitchcock's The Birds
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When the light of day made the area visible, residents found the streets covered with birds. The birds disgorged bits of fish and fish skeletons over the streets and lawns and housetops, leaving an overpowering fishy stench.
We have seen them since 99 or earlier.
Why had we not seen a die-off like that before???
As I typed that, it occurred to me they may have changed/strengthened the chemicals used.
Another question, if chem-trails are seen all over, why only die-off's in S.A. and one state in US??
Maybe HAARP was behind this?
Who knows what our government does or what kind of secrets it keeps from us. We just see the remnants of their experiments.
Maybe they were testing something that would eventually be used on us to reduce world population?
To add fuel to the fire, the next day there was also a huge fish die-off just 125 miles upriver.
"The fish kill only affected one species of fish," he said. "If it was from a pollutant, it would have affected all of the fish, not just drum fish."
Ozark is about 125 west of the town of Beebe, where game wardens are trying to find out why up to 5,000 blackbirds fell from the sky just before midnight New Year's Eve.
So where's the bunk? Well, this is a genuinely interesting story, we don't know why thousands of birds died. It's also a good human-interest story, in that it must be quite surprising and upsetting for the people of Beebe to have dead birds scattered all over town.
The bunk is what the media mostly left out. That bird die-offs happen every year, somewhere in the world. That this was a flock of birds that died because of something that happened to the flock, not just random birds being picked out one at a time by the finger of death. Mostly the bunk is that they say it's mysterious. Sure, we don't know what caused it. But really there's very few options, in decreasing likelihood: fireworks, storm, and (unlikely) poison. That's about it. Saying it's a mystery implies that scientists have no idea. That then opens the door for the fringe to step in and start speculating.
The news stories here are generally not bunk. They just create bunk. The eventual official explanation will be ignored and this story will inevitably be incorporated into the alternative narrative of events of the conspiracy theorists, just like the mystery missile.