Tuesday, January 04, 2011
Red Winged Black Birds
New year fireworks appear to be behind the mysterious fall of thousands of blackbirds from the sky on to a small Arkansas town. Revellers in Beebe were enjoying midnight fireworks on New Year's Eve when they noticed that dead birds rather than sparks were raining down on them. The red-winged blackbirds fell on to rooftops, pavements and fields. One struck a woman walking her dog. Another hit a police car. Birds were "littering the streets, the yards, the driveways, everywhere", said Robby King, a county wildlife officer in Beebe, a community of 5,000 people north-east of Little Rock. "It was hard to drive down the street in some places without running over them." More than 3,000 birds tumbled to the ground. Scientists said yesterday that fireworks appeared to have frightened the birds into such a frenzy that they crashed into homes, cars and each other. - The Guardian
Falling blackbirds in Arkansas: The mysterious case of the blackbirds dropping from the Arkansas sky recalls Mao Zedong's Great Sparrow Massacre.