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Blackbirds Fall Out Of Sky In Arkansas

 
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mark occomore



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 03, 2011 4:36 am    Post subject: Blackbirds Fall Out Of Sky In Arkansas Reply with quote

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Residents in a Arkansas city got a bizarre New Year's surprise on Saturday when they woke up to find their neighborhood covered with thousands of dead birds that appeared to have fallen from the sky.


http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/2011/01/02/2011-01-02_more_than_1000_dead_birds_fall_out_of_the_sky_in_arkansas_streets_covered_with_b.html?r=news

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Apparently no other dead birds were found. Spooky!!
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 03, 2011 11:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You must spend ages trawling around for this stuff in order to be able to post links here, Marko! Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 03, 2011 12:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Keep up the good work Mark Occomore.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 03, 2011 1:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If your not interested Colin, why post a reply? Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 03, 2011 1:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Has anything happened in Canada lately Mark? How did they see in 2011 in Toronto?
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 03, 2011 2:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mark occomore wrote:
If your not interested Colin, why post a reply? Rolling Eyes


I'm interested in the fact that you're (not "your", by the way) interested enough to post it here! Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 03, 2011 2:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Didn't you know that this is an old Arkansas tradition revived by Bill Clinton when he was Governor of the State in the 1980s

Every New Year instead of eating Turkey as Americans do on Thanksgiving the State Governor hires a light plane and drops thousands of recently killed Blackbirds whilst the residents are asleep and then on the following morning the residents each have to try to gather up sixty Blackbirds and bake them in a pie

Slices of pie are then distributed around the city of Little Rock to the poor and needy including everyone eligible for food stamps and locally the occasion is nicknamed St Williams Day

Apparently there is a lot of argument in Arkansas at the moment as the present Governor not being a fan of Mr Clinton wishes to move the event to April 1st for some reason Confused
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 03, 2011 2:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ruddlescat wrote:
Every New Year instead of eating Turkey as Americans do on Thanksgiving the State Governor hires a light plane and drops thousands of recently killed Blackbirds whilst the residents are asleep and then on the following morning the residents each have to try to gather up sixty Blackbirds and bake them in a pie


Marko, can you find a link and post it here please?

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 04, 2011 6:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Poor birds ....must have been upsetting for the locals who found them..this is what they're saying could be the explanation....

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-12105157
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 04, 2011 7:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I almost posted that explanation of fireworks yesterday as I've seen it happen when we were in Florida some years ago.

There was a corporate display on the beach where we were staying and we'd seen it being set up during the day so walked along beachside to the hotel and watched it from there. We walked back to our hotel street side and all along the pavement and on the road were hundreds of dead birds, an absolutely horrible sight. The firework display was the loudest I've seen and 20 minutes later it was obviously the cause of death of these birds.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 04, 2011 10:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Helen May wrote:
I almost posted that explanation of fireworks yesterday as I've seen it happen when we were in Florida some years ago.

There was a corporate display on the beach where we were staying and we'd seen it being set up during the day so walked along beachside to the hotel and watched it from there. We walked back to our hotel street side and all along the pavement and on the road were hundreds of dead birds, an absolutely horrible sight. The firework display was the loudest I've seen and 20 minutes later it was obviously the cause of death of these birds.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 06, 2011 11:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Apparently this subject is being discussed today on the Jeremy Vine Show

Wonder where someone got the idea from

I'm tempted to send in an e mail Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 06, 2011 12:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Reading Becky's link I think the theory of them flying low to avoid explosions and hitting power lines could well be the case. Overhead power lines are far more common in the US than here and the road where we saw the dead birds had them at the side. We thought that when we saw them.

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