I just finished writing the post on 3 whooping cranes that were found dead and I was sitting here confused as to if the other states I listed as having odd bird deaths were right. The answer is kind of.
There have also been others in the news within the last few days.
We heard a lot about the possibly 3000 birds that “fell from the sky” in Arkansas on New Years Eve. They were found over a 1 mile area. There have been all kinds of theories flying around as to what caused the deaths. We may never all agree on a reason with this.
Approximately 500 red winged black birds were found dead or near death within a 1/4 mile area of Louisiana. This all happened just 3 days after the New Years Eve deaths. Again, people are speculating all kinds of stuff. Lightning, aliens, the end of the earth, poison….You name it people have already spoke of it.
Now here are 2 places that seem to have gotten less attention from the media.
In Murray, Kentucky they have had 6 different species of birds just fall dead. In Murry there were a few hundred dead. But wait, earlier in the week, there were a few dozen birds just suddenly die in Gilbertsville, Kentucky. Kentucky Fish and Wildlife have had a few of the dead birds tested and sad that poison was ruled out but, not sure what else caused the deaths.
On January 5, 2011 there were reports that between 50-100 Jackdaws were found dead in Falkoeping, Sweden. Now, many of the USA deaths are being blamed of lightning or fireworks but, in Sweden there was no lightning or fireworks to blame.
There is a list where you can see all the New and Ongoing Wildlife Mortality Events Nationwide. This list goes back to April of 2010 and also list the cause if one was found. It has mostly birds, bats, and ducks that were listed as mass deaths. So, you can see the Chart and decide for yourself how odd the events this week were. There are some other times when the number of dead animals were just a few and sometimes they were in the hundreds or thousands.
So should we really be freaked out about these most recent events?
You can also see a Google Map of the Mass Animal deaths. If you click on the blue balloons on the map it will tell you how many of what animal died. It will also give a link to a news story about the event. Notice the northern part of the USA has more than anywhere else. Fish and birds seem to be the hardest hit in about all areas of the world.