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Thursday, January 27, 2011
Umm..... Doubt it.
(CNN) -- The mass deaths of thousands of red-winged blackbirds in Arkansas was caused by "blunt force trauma," according to a new report by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.
Laboratory tests were conducted on 13 of the birds that were part of the group that flew into buildings and died in a neighborhood in Beebe, Arkansas, 40 miles northeast of Little Rock.
"The tests ruled out bacteria, viruses, heavy metals, pesticides and avicides (chemicals used to kill birds) as causes of death," the commission said in a statement.
These results confirmed preliminary tests that were conducted after the incident.
The tests revealed hemorrhaging "consistent with blunt trauma," according to the report released Wednesday. "In most instances, such traumatic injuries in wild birds are due to flying into stationary objects such as trees, houses, windows, power lines, towers, etc.". . ."
Ok, I'm calling bullshit on this. 5000 birds all flew into buildings all at once? And no-one saw it? Heard it? Now, I'm not a Science-tician but I'd be willing to bet that the blunt trauma seen in the 13 (13?!? out of 5000!?) birds could be from them HITTING THE DAMN GROUND..... AFTER whatever caused them to drop had already happened....
Anybody finding info that sounds more plausable or likely, please send it along in the comments....