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...

Posted January 2, 2011 at 12:44pm ETC by Andy Towle
in Arkansas, Nature, News