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Massive black bird deaths now happening in Louisiana

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Hundreds of dead starlings, red-winged blackbirds and brown-headed cowbirds lie along the side of La. 1 near New Roads. The birds were found dead and dying Monday along a half-mile stretch of the road.

Hundreds of dead and dying birds littered a quarter-mile stretch of highway in Pointe Coupee Parish on Monday as motorists drove over and around them.

State biologists are trying to determine what led to the deaths of the estimated 500 red-winged blackbirds and starlings on La. 1 just down the road from Pointe Coupee Central High School.

The discovery of the dead birds — some of which were lying face down, clumped in groups, while others were face up with their wings outstretched and rigid legs pointing upward — comes just three days after more than 3,000 blackbirds rained down from the sky in Beebe, Ark.

Necropsies performed Monday on the birds in Arkansas showed the birds suffered internal injuries that formed blood clots leading to their deaths, The Associated Press reported.

In Louisiana, biologists with the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries spent part of the day Monday scooping up some of the birds in Pointe Coupee Parish to be sent for testing at labs in Georgia and Wisconsin.

The remaining carcasses were still on the roadway, on the shoulder and in drainage ditches Monday afternoon as some motorists sped past, flattening birds lying in the roadway, while other drivers slowed down to gawk.

State Wildlife Veterinarian Jim LaCour said he planned to drive to Pointe Coupee to pick up some of the bird carcasses to study.

Lab tests could take several weeks to come up with an explanation for the deaths, and LaCour declined to speculate on possible causes; however, he did say massive bird deaths have been known to occur in the state in the past, albeit in smaller numbers.

“Underlying disease, starvation and cold fronts where birds can’t get their body heat up” have caused similar occurrences “in various species over the years,” he said.

LaCour said some of the bird samples will be sent to the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Wildlife Center in Wisconsin for analysis.

USGS spokesman Paul Slota said Monday afternoon he was unaware of the mass deaths in Louisiana, but he expects bird samples taken from the Arkansas occurrence on New Year’s Eve to arrive Tuesday in Wisconsin.

Slota also declined to speculate on a cause for the deaths, but he said a search of USGS records shows there have been 16 events in the past 30 years involving blackbirds where at least 1,000 of the birds have died seemingly all at once.

“These large events do take place,” he said. “It’s not terribly unusual.”


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8 Responses to " Massive black bird deaths now happening in Louisiana "

  1. MattB says:

    I have a unique theory on the mysterious bird deaths. On december 28 there was an opening created in the earths magnetosphere caused by a shift in the solar magnetic field. This allowed solar wind to pour into the atmosphere and a few days later we have dead birds. In 2007 I can find similar stories after another known solar wind blow in happened in June. So far this is just a theory, but still seems worth looking into since it is at least as plausable as any of the other theories out there.

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    • Clara says:

      I had the same hunch about it — truly. Thanks for sharing because it makes sense to me.

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  2. Eric says:

    you dont think it has anything to do with this article?


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  3. reg373 says:

    Gonna be hard to round up all those birds, if it was a government accident with WMD… :-o

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  4. victor says:

    I have another hypothesis the birds were actually spy-bots with micro camera’s. They wanted to defect to a country where the they could get more food and warmth than the government decided to use their secret sound weapon and beamed them down

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  5. biffula says:

    Eric, yes it’s related. But not because of a Phosgene release. Phosgene would not have discriminated. It would have killed off all birds and wildlife in its path.

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  6. Ken says:


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  7. David says:

    There is a simple and yet complex answer to this question, it has to do with earthquakes, and the shifting of the entire North American Plate as it moves towards a Southeastern direction. You have sounds in the distance, and unusual quake activity, plus there are fissures forming emitting toxic gasses; methane for example. There are bubbling rivers, whirlpools sucking the land dry, liquefaction, massive sinkholes, these are all signs of impending catastrophe…I would predict a massive earthquake is on the horizon in the vicinity of Oklahoma / Arkansas / Texas / Louisiana / South Carolina…Mississippi will be underwater, because the river will flood the area, there will be nothing to prevent this, massive flooding. But then you also have the New Madrid fault line too..
    Seven states surround this area, and their will be no escape…Missouri / Kentucky / Tennessee ect…

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