Map shows birds migrate from BP disaster up through Arkansas and Kentucky, near areas where dead birds are dropping from sky (PHOTO)


h/t WhoDat35

Via birdnature.com

11 comments to Map shows birds migrate from BP disaster up through Arkansas and Kentucky, near areas where dead birds are dropping from sky (PHOTO)

  • However now in early Winter they should be migrating southwards, right?

    Also the most reported bird is the blackbird (and per the photos it is the red-winged blackbird). While these blackbirds can migrate, in most of the USA they live all year round. However I read at Wikipedia:

    "The Red-winged Blackbird inhabits open grassy areas. It generally prefers wetlands, and inhabits both freshwater and saltwater marshes, particularly if Typha (cattail) is present. It is also found in dry upland areas, where it inhabits meadows, prairies, and old fields".

    So surely they are not migrating (as in seasonally) but just wandering between various habitats, one of them being the coastal Gulf marshes (and others being along the Mississippi basin rivers). It is therefore still very possible that they have been poisoned by corexit and/or oil in the Gulf (but the migration model should not apply).

    Probably totally unrelated today it was reported deaths of birds by dozens in Sweden. I just hope it's not related to North Sea oil operations.

  • Brydie

    Read the other articles ...its manatees, fish, whooping cranes, you name it.. this is corexit at work. there are still huge sterile zones where they used it in Alaska according to Ott. and now there are fish kills happening up the new england coast, in Mexico, etc. the gulf in not a closed system. and most of the gulf resident aquatic life is dead. resident and migratory wildlife and coastal plant ecosystem are dead or will soon be. they killed a whole ecosystem and now that death is spreading. I am a biologist with expertise in wildlife. What happens to the vets and wildlife people who speak up....they get shut up one way or another. witness the Swan guy in Fl. This is the worst disaster we have ever seen.

  • The best thing about this story are the 4 posters and their comments.

  • Misty

    hmmm...I was at Folly Beach, SC last sumemr (one of the major kill sites now ). At that time the dolphins were acting unusual, following me, trying to communicate, and so close to the shore?!! Honestly, I was a bit freaked out when the natives told me that they had never heard of that before in decades. plus, I felt kind of funny after that swim (last one for me), but I washed off fast afterwards...ugh. I'm sure trace nasties were in that water even then. God bless those gorgeous creatures.

  • bellallymommy

    I do not understand. Are you suggesting that the birds can not migrate because their path is polluted? So they are dying from the cold?

  • xdrfox

    I lived and worked on Folly Beach one Spring and Summer back in the early 70's, Some good times there. Nice Comunity.

  • "I do not understand. Are you suggesting that the birds can not migrate because their path is polluted? So they are dying from the cold?"

    It seems more like the birds are moving around in their normal ranges of the Gulf and Mississippi basin. They get probably poisoned in the gulf but do not die immediately but after moving away in most cases, maybe days or weeks later. If they die in the Gulf, we may never know.

  • Gypsy

    the ancient red tipped messengers are dying. this is a very bad omen for humanity. you must prepare to leave the gom region. i see grave consequences of human actions in/by the tenth month of 2011......... an angry man was burning the marshes. the blackbird lit upon the tree screaming at the man to stop. "go away or I will kill you" he said. again the blackbird lit upon the tree screaming for the man to stop burning the marshes. this time he threw a rock hitting the bird on the wing, drawing blood. thus the legend of the red tipped blackbird.

  • But what is the signification of this law ? i dont understand ??

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