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Watch: Thousands of Dead Birds Fall from Sky in Arkansas


Residents of Beebe, Arkansas woke on New Years Day to a vision out of some kind of Hitchcockian apocalypse — thousands of dead birds, mostly red-winged blackbirds, had fallen from the sky.

The AP: "The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission said Saturday that it began receiving reports about the dead birds about 11:30 p.m. the previous night. The birds fell over a 1-mile area of Beebe, and an aerial survey indicated that no other dead birds were found outside of that area."

Theories on the deaths include lightning, high-altitude hail, or stress caused by NYE fireworks. Officials doubt poison as the cause, and are investigating.

Watch a news report on the birds, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. The Rapture is coming....

    Posted by: DTK | Jan 2, 2011 1:05:29 PM

  2. Let's place bets on which right-wing, religious outfit will be the first to blame this on the repeal of DADT.

    Posted by: JR | Jan 2, 2011 1:12:04 PM

  3. @DTK : Yeah I know! *sarcasm*

    Posted by: craig | Jan 2, 2011 1:12:37 PM

  4. Considering the violent weather, it's possible the birds were sucked into a thunderstorm's severe updraft that carried them high-enough into the atmosphere that they asphyxiated in the thin air...then fell to Earth, dead. Monster tornadoes crossing lakes and rivers have been known to carry fish aloft and send them raining-down to Earth miles away.

    Posted by: Ted B. (Charging Rhino) | Jan 2, 2011 1:21:21 PM

  5. OK -- I fully expect right wing Christo-facist bigots to say its God's warning about gay rights, abortion, or the sheeple not giving enough money.

    The rest of the sane folks will realize that the horrible weather of the last few days may have played a part in their demise.

    And, as far as global climate change, no sireee that can't possibly be a part of all this horrendous weather.

    Posted by: Continuum | Jan 2, 2011 1:27:41 PM

  6. I'd probably drop dead too if I had to live in Arkansas.

    Posted by: Max | Jan 2, 2011 2:03:56 PM

  7. Are we sure they didn't fly into an off-world spacecraft?

    Posted by: SSCHIEFRSHA | Jan 2, 2011 2:53:06 PM

  8. Every time something bad or weird happens in say, I don't know, NY, California, Massachusetts, tons of people claiming to be 'Christians' and usually from the south post smack about how it serves them right and it's God's punishment against the evil Godless gay-loving yankees. I could post poo right now about this incident, or the seemingly endless tornadoes, flooded trailer parks, grinding rural poverty, the crappy poorly paying McJobs, the wide-spread lack of health insurance, consistently poor national and international academic standings of most bible belt states, etc.; but I won't stoop to that level.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jan 2, 2011 3:04:09 PM

  9. oh come on, its easy, even birds would rather die than be in arkansas. this is just some sort of death pact avian mass suicide.

    Posted by: mld | Jan 2, 2011 3:13:43 PM

  10. @Max: Before you start casting aspersions against somewhere that you've likely never been why do you think it's funny to be so negative about a place? Don't be a putz.

    Posted by: Joseph Singer | Jan 2, 2011 3:18:25 PM

  11. Well, given that its a state that BANNED same-sex marriage, can we find some left wing batshit crazy religious leader to say its God's retribution for NOT condoning same-sex marriage??

    Posted by: princely54 | Jan 2, 2011 3:24:33 PM

  12. The last time this happened, and it wasn't in AR, the EPA confessed finally that they were testing the effects of pesticides on birds by spraying it into oncoming flocks, so I expect similar this time.

    Posted by: anon | Jan 2, 2011 3:51:36 PM

  13. I live in Little Rock and Beebe is maybe 30 minutes northeast of here. The temperature was almost 70 degrees that day. Arkansas has always had weird whether like this, especially in the winter due to our location with regards to the jet streams in the upper atmosphere. Our worst tornado event in the state's history happened in January, so nasty, odd weather this time of year is not unusual here.

    Parts of Arkansas suck, but I don't think Little Rock is all that bad because every liberal in the small towns in the state move to Little Rock. We have a little haven for ourselves.

    I think the biggest irony is that Beebe's motto is "Your dream hometown".

    Posted by: Jason Young | Jan 2, 2011 3:56:13 PM

  14. its the end of the world as we know it.. and I feel fine.

    Posted by: ashton cruz | Jan 2, 2011 3:56:19 PM

  15. pollution from the fireworks

    what makes anyone think all that smoke and chemical residue for bigger, brighter, and diff colors is healthy in anyway

    Posted by: | Jan 2, 2011 4:00:35 PM


    Posted by: James | Jan 2, 2011 4:11:17 PM

  17. This isn't a joke. We've completely destroyed the marine ecosystem of the Gulf this year, and now we're moving on to killing the wildlife of the air. This was not a freak accident. We're completely obliterating the life of this planet, and most of you are more concerned with grudges against the people of Arkansas. Sustaining the life of this planet is SO MUCH MORE IMPORTANT than achieving marriage equality in the south.

    Posted by: BC | Jan 2, 2011 5:03:59 PM

  18. @BC,

    Weird natural phenomena has always existed. It existed no doubt before the dawn of human-kind.

    My previous post was sarcasm.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jan 2, 2011 5:21:53 PM

  19. Huckabee was either praising Jeebus or passing gas. Either way, lethally noxious fumes.

    Posted by: candide | Jan 2, 2011 5:31:03 PM

  20. Has anyone seen the movie "The Core"?

    Posted by: Rodney Wollam | Jan 2, 2011 5:49:11 PM

  21. Both of Arkansas senators voted to repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell. Then the birds began to die. An obvious message from God. Repent before it's too late.

    Posted by: justiceontherocks | Jan 2, 2011 5:54:38 PM

  22. This same thing happened 3 or 4 years ago in downtown Austin, TX. the streets were closed and people in haz-mat suits gathered the birds. They were all killed by a virus that took their lives in the cold morning air. I still don't believe their explanation since these birds were all in one four-block location and the only mass of dead birds reported were in that area.

    Posted by: BOBBY | Jan 2, 2011 5:58:13 PM

  23. Anyone else thinking about Rachel Carson?

    Posted by: AndyinChicago | Jan 2, 2011 6:23:00 PM

  24. I'd guess that it was caused by a chemical leak into the atmosphere. Maybe a meth lab or a refinery?

    Posted by: MoJo | Jan 2, 2011 7:23:18 PM

  25. LMFAO! My best friend is from Beebe! I asked him if this was how they usually welcome him home.

    Posted by: Tropico | Jan 2, 2011 7:41:51 PM

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