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Partly Cloudy, Chance Of Dead Birds (And Fish, Too) (UPDATE: Blame Noise. Maybe)

Nobody knows yet why somewhere upwards of a thousand — maybe as many as 2,000 — blackbirds fell out of the sky in Beebe, Arkansas just before New Year’s.

Theories? Maybe they were hit by lightning. Or caught in a storm. Or even startled by fireworks and stressed to death. Or something. All anyone knows is that dead birds suddenly begain to rain down on the town.

You got any ideas? Because nobody else has any. They’ll be doing some necropsy work this week to see if they can find out what killed the birds, but, at the moment, it’s a mystery.

And, please, save the Hitchcock references. Those birds attacked people. They didn’t drop dead and fall on people. That would have been a very different movie.

Oh, yeah, they have dead fish, too. Dead drum fish — in the hundreds of thousands — are covering 20 miles of the Arkansas River near Ozark. That’s not good, either, is it?

HT: Live Science

UPDATE: The initial necropsy reports are in on those mysterious bird deaths in Arkansas and the state’s early conclusion is that the cause of death was noise from fireworks.  The noise, the thought goes, startled the flock that lives in the neighborhood, and they flew into buildings and other obstacles as a result because they were below the roof line.

So… there’s your answer.  For now.

Comments

  1. JD says:

    Obviously the fish and birds were having an aerial war resulting in massive casualties on both sides.

    The fight was started when the fish took to the sky and a blackbird ate a fish ambassador trying to make peace with their new-found neighbors.

  2. Dave says:

    How about “Rooks” by Shearwater

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6pfTXtyiZLs

  3. Gabriel says:

    It’s obvious. God is upset with conservative America. He is pissed that a lot of tea baggers have been elected. He is also angry that any conservatives have been elected. He didn’t send his liberal son to get crucified just so these neo-pharasis and neo-sadgucies could piss all over his memory.

  4. Nathania says:

    @beaudetious – yes! i knew the scene was familiar but couldn’t place it.

    i wonder what will happen in my flash. hmmm….

    (in all seriousness, very sad about the birds and the fish)

  5. beaudetious says:

    Am I the only one to make the connection between these birds and the crows in FlashForward:

    http://flashforward.wikia.com/wiki/Crows

    Get ready for the global blackout!

  6. al says:

    A water spout on the bird’s nesting ground is the most reasonable explanation.

  7. chris runoff says:

    “And, please, save the Hitchcock references. Those birds attacked people. They didn’t drop dead and fall on people. That would have been a very different movie.”

    A different movie directed by Shyamalan, and it would suck.

  8. Craig says:

    They died in reaction to the Backstreet Boys and NKOTB singing together.