Friday, January 12, 2007

Birds Die En Masse In Texas, Colorado, Australia

This: AUSTIN, Texas - Police shut down 10 blocks in downtown Austin for several hours Monday after 63 birds were found dead in the street, but officials said preliminary tests found no threat to people.

And this: THOUSANDS of birds have fallen from the skies over Esperance and no one knows why. Is it an illness, toxins or a natural phenomenon? A string of autopsies in Perth have shed no light on the mystery. All the residents of flood-devastated Esperance know is that their "dawn chorus" of singing birds is missing.

Then this: LONGMONT — About 40 dead birds littered a short stretch of U.S. Highway 287 south of the city Tuesday. Boulder County health officials and the Colorado Division of Wildlife were still coordinating efforts late afternoon to investigate the site, just south Mooring Road.

Noticed by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas from Rocking Raven up in Haida Gwaii. Probably some weird coincidence. I hope.

Time to clock out and go for a pint.

5 Comments:

Blogger sink sink socks said...

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11:23 PM  
Blogger double-plus-ungood said...

Also occurring in England and Idaho. And Idaho again in December.

3:43 PM  
Blogger double-plus-ungood said...

The Boulder incident has been explained, however - death by SUV.

3:45 PM  
Blogger tglavin said...

Yikes.

7:25 PM  
Blogger double-plus-ungood said...

Probably unrelated, but today the S.O., who maintains dozens of bird feeders in her garden, was alarmed by sounds of a cat in distress, as were the household cats. She (and the cats) went outside to investigate, and discovered after a few minutes that it was a crow making perfect cat-noises.

8:23 PM  

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