Another rain of dead birds, 300 miles away from Friday's rain of dead birds

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  1. Anonymous says:

    I’m surpised no one has mentioned the Arsenal at Pine Bluff. They hold (or did hold) chemical weapons and also destroyed them.

  2. elk says:

    I smell a gov’t test.

  3. bjacques says:

    And there’s meat all over the highway in Mystic, Connecticut.

  4. genre slur says:

    It would be nice to compare the flock altitudes immediately before descent.

  5. Sean Bonner says:

    At first I was like :\

    And then I was like :O

  6. freetard says:

    Dammit, I thought I had that target designation glitch figured out! Back to the drawing board, I guess. At least I know the weapon is effective.

  7. obdan says:

    this is a great day for conspiracy theorists everywhere

  8. Cassandra says:

    I made a map of the dead birds in Google Maps that is publicly accessible.

    http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?hl=en&client=firefox-a&ie=UTF8&msa=2

    Sorry, but I did not add the dead fish.

  9. Cassandra says:

    You know, I just realized all of these birds are black or dark-colored:

    - Jackdaws
    - Redwinged Blackbirds
    - Black Shearwaters
    - Starlings (kind of a blackish brown)

    • grikdog says:

      You left out boat-tailed grackles. All goths would wear grackle feathers if it weren’t so gosh darn inhumane. (Grackles are black, but iridescent with dark green and purple tones.)

  10. Anonymous says:

    It’s the Andromeda Swarm.

  11. Sekino says:

    OMG! Oh. My. GOD!! It’s a DOUBLE red-wing blackbird massacre!!! What does it MEAN!!??!!

  12. Ned613 says:

    All of these events have occurred near the New Madrid Fault and could be indications of imminent catastrophic seismic activity. If you are living near the NMF you may consider stocking up on canned food, flashlight batteries, generators, medical supplies, ammunition, etc. Basically, everything necessary to survive the coming apocalypse. Also pack some good reading material.

    BTW, your welcome.

    • Anonymous says:

      You may have a point about the madrid fault; maybe chemicals are leaking from there;

      has the weather been unseasonally cold

  13. Anonymous says:

    Apparently this is happening in South America right now as well.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gdKUcF5RPoA

  14. Phikus says:

    I suspect fowl play.

  15. WalterSear says:

    Let me guess. It started with regular red birds falling out of the sky, soon followed by blue ones that split into multiple birds, just before impact, then yellow ones, that sped up, and finally big black ones that exploded and mother hens that would just drop eggs and fly away…

  16. oldtaku says:

    You know, these aren’t that far away from Little Rock AFB, which is just SW of Beebe. Getting caught in the boom of one of those high speed (relatively) low noise supersonic planes they’re working on seems like it could do it.

    … Oh, and of course it’s based on alien technology!1

  17. milkman says:

    Some reason this scene is stuck in my head…

    The life of everyone on board depends upon just one thing: finding someone back there who can not only fly this plane, but who didn’t have fish for dinner.

    Maybe blackbirds like fish?

  18. pecoto says:

    Geez…doesn’t anyone read Charles Fort anymore? These kinds of one species spot die-off events have been happening (and being recorded) since the beginning of human history. (and thus, were probably happening loooooonnnng before we were keeping records) It is PROBABLY a naturally caused event. NED613 might be onto something. Maybe there is enough attention being focused on this event that we can finally figure out why these things happen….or at least gather some clues. The autopsies were a solid starting point methinks.

    • CLamb says:

      Not unusual–except to urban journalists who haven’t a clue about nature. Several decades ago while driving through a blizzard in rural Ohio my car was hit by several frozen birds falling from the sky. I could see them in the beams of my headlights as well. Unlike human aviators, flocks of birds don’t check the weather forecast before setting out on a trip.

  19. Sork says:

    Have they found any green pigs yet in the rubble?

  20. Anonymous says:

    “300 miles away” equates to ‘just about in the same country’ in most parts of the world; they hardly happened on each others doorsteps.

  21. DangerJackson says:

    Well stocking up on tinned food at Costco is never really a bad idea…

  22. Anonymous says:

    The probably froze high up in the air, died, then thawed out prior to landing.

  23. angusm says:

    It’s the Red-Wing Rapture! Fundamentalist Christians shocked to learn that blackbirds are actually God’s chosen species.

  24. Anonymous says:

    random guess with no evidence-> Chemicals in the fireworks killed the birds (poison fed on by birds picked up by birds from fireworks debris?)

    What’s your guess?

  25. Paranatural says:

    I don’t suspect it’s because it’s cold, mostly because it really isn’t cold down here. I had to turn on my AC today. I’m in Baton Rouge, not too far south from all this.

  26. Zan says:

    Can we rule out fireworks now?

  27. Tatsuma says:

    What if…….?

    Naaaaahh.

  28. jphilby says:

    The first story I read said 5000. The next story said ‘thousands’. This story says 500.

    I guess in times like these a little over-hyping is a necessity to get a story out there, huh? By April 1 it’ll come out that two birds were hit by a car. Oh, and thousands of Yeti bones have been found in Hunan.

  29. Wolfgame says:

    Awwww man … I hope we have an event in NYC so I can have a flash forward too!

  30. Utenzil says:

    Elvis needs birds.

  31. Chaoskitten says:

    Dead birds + dead fish = chemical leak/spill

    that’s leak or spill, not leak divided by spill.

  32. Phikus says:

    It’s the arrival of the Adjudicator.

  33. JonStewartMill says:

    My personal hypothesis is that the military is testing a secret weapon — some sort of sonic cannon, maybe.

  34. Shart Tsung says:

    Has this happened before similarly? We still haven’t seen the autopsy report from the first occurrence. Is it safe to say the world is officially ending? Or no?

  35. MarkM says:

    NOW CAN I PANIC?

  36. Anonymous says:

    These should really be plotted on a google map.

  37. osmo says:

    No one will probably notice this (and I cant use the submitterator in chrome) but the same thing just happened here:
    http://www.aftonbladet.se/nyheter/article8370375.ab (<– in swedish: basicly allot of crows died in a similar manner as in the case above)

  38. foxtails says:

    Maybe someone who watched Hitchcock in their youth was inspired by the anti-mosquito laser and built an anti-bird laser?

  39. Beryllium says:

    Batten down the hatches, find the nearest supply of Unobtanium, and carefully measure the earth’s magnetic field:

    We could be headed for a real-life magnetic field collapse, like in The Core.

    (Okay, odds of this being the case are almost zero, but still. This is how it started.)

    • Caroline says:

      Except in The Core, the birds crashed into everything during the day, which was stupid because birds can see. At least the blackbirds have the excuse that it was nighttime.

    • RedShirt77 says:

      Thank you I have been trying to remember what movie that was since this happened.

      DOesn’t explain the fish really. But maybe they field is collapsing and we will all be covered in radiation in a matter of weeks.

  40. angry young man says:

    How sad is it that the show FlashForward, which featured a huge blackbird die off as possibly a test of the tech that led to the titular event, has made so little cultural impact that I may be the first person to remark on the similarity between the show and the die-off?

    • Anonymous says:

      FlashForward was the first thing I thought of! Only saw the one episode but it stuck with me. Also Kiki Smith made sculptures of dead crows from bronze and arranged them in a room as if they had fallen from the sky (can’t find the title of the piece, was probably done in the 90′s) I’m considering her a prophet at this point. Black birds are highly intelligent and intuitive with complex social systems and I think we should all book our ticket for the Mothership.

  41. Unmutual says:

    All of these theories are ridiculous. There’s an obvious explanation for what is going on here . . . we’re dealing with some kind of new species of flying cat. Birds everywhere are screwed.

    • PBryden says:

      I agree with Unmutual, this is obviously a group of common house cats who have been able to jump to another curve by means of hyper-speed adaptation.

      The only flaw in the feline plan was that they should have chosen a mine-site tailings pond for their test flights, as hundreds of birds dead in a chemical-laced dump would hardly raise a feather (sorry)…

  42. bklynchris says:

    Oh, and what about the thousands of fish found dead not too far away?

    http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/01/04/132621511/arkansas-mysteries-why-did-thousands-of-fish-and-birds-suddenly-die

    It’s the end of days………

  43. arikol says:

    ..well, at least it IS the end of days for Beebee, Arkansas!

    “this just in, the end of the world is upon us, but seems localized to a small area in the middle of nowhere, USA. Those of you waiting for the Rapture can walk on over!”

    • Boba Fett Diop says:

      I’ve got a theory…it could be witches. Some evil witches…

      …which is ridiculous, ’cause witches they were persecuted, Wicca good, and love the Earth, and woman power, and I’ll be over here…

  44. Phikus says:

    This happened here in Austin in 2007, as it has in other areas (with different species.) I was working downtown (bird death ground zero) the day it happened. It was nothing that affected humans or other animals in the area. Perhaps the birds and the bees are the canaries in our collective coal mine?

    Fodder for evangelical froth for sure.

  45. arikol says:

    OR….
    maybe Buffy the vampire slayer was really a reality series with the name of the place changed from Beebee to Sunnydale to protect the guilty…. hmmmmm.

    Folks, the Hellmouth has just opened.

  46. Anonymous says:

    Isn’t this how The Road was supposed to start?

  47. Anonymous says:

    Kind of wonder if it is at all related to the white nose death of bats that we were told about last winter. Really sucks.

  48. agave says:

    Odd that it’s the same species of bird

  49. chgoliz says:

    Something they ate, which was affected by the gas spill?

    Or is that too obvious a possibility?

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