AGAIN: Birds "rain" from sky 100 miles from New Orleans -- Grackles, starlings, cowbirds, and blackbirds


Blackbird mystery deepens: more birds fall from sky in Louisiana, Christian Science Monitor, January 4, 2011:

On Monday, state biologists were gathering up some of the approximately 500 blackbirds and starlings that lay dead along Louisiana Route 1 near Pointe Coupee Central High School for testing. ...

"Birds can be really good indicators of environmental problems, so I'd hate to think that 5,000 would die and nobody would care," says Greg Butcher, director of bird conservation at the National Audobon Society, in Washington. "It's worth investigation to find out what happened because there is potentially something we should worry about..." ...

[T]he newly-discovered bird rain in Louisiana is likely to focus more serious attention to the plight of blackbirds now bundled in winter flocks that can number over 100,000 birds.


Second Mass Bird Death Reported
, WGRZ, January 4, 2011:

Jim LaCour said Tuesday the grackles, starlings, brown-headed cowbirds and red-winged blackbirds had broken beaks and backs.  ...

It comes just a few days after thousands of blackbirds fell from the sky in Arkansas. It's not clear if the deaths are related.

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