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BREAKING: Hundreds more dead birds reported in Texas
The Examiner ^ | January 6, 2011 | Howard Portnoy

Posted on 01/06/2011 4:51:01 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

A TV station in the East Texas town of Tyler reports that hundreds more dead birds have been discovered along the sides of a highway bridge. This news adds fresh fuel to a growing conundrum over the cause of hundreds of thousands of avian deaths in localities thousands of miles apart.

The station, KLTV, acknowledges that around 200 birds were found dead this morning on state highway 155. The birds, identified as American coots or mud-hens, are the first of this species to be cited in the recent spate of deaths. As with previous cases, the cause of death is not immediately apparent.

The Army Corps of Engineers office at Lake O' the Pines, the community where the birds were found, suggests that the birds may have been struck and killed by motor vehicles as the birds walked, roosted, or flew on and around the bridge. A spokesperson from that office claims to have witnessed similar phenomena on roadways and bridges in other parts of Texas and insists the incident is likely unrelated to the Arkansas situation.

Charlie Muller, a biologist with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Administration, notes that bird deaths, while not uncommon, seldom occur in numbers this large. As to the likely cause of death, Muller speculates:

The birds could have been spooked by a boat coming through that area, [or by] a bird of prey such as a bald eagle.

These explanations, while reasonable, would do more to quell rampant concerns over the deaths if the occurrences were isolated. However, they are not. Texas now becomes the fourth state—after Arkansas, Louisiana, and Kentucky—to experience mass bird deaths, which have now also been reported on another continent, Europe.


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KEYWORDS: aflockalypse; arkansas; birddeaths; birds; charliemuller; coots; deaths; easttexas; kentucky; kltv; louisiana; mudhens; texas; tyler
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1 posted on 01/06/2011 4:51:03 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

This time it has GOT to be Bush’s fault!


2 posted on 01/06/2011 4:52:07 PM PST by Mr. Jazzy (God bless the United States of America and protect her from the enemies of freedom.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Run for your lives! It's Global Warming/cooling!
3 posted on 01/06/2011 4:53:32 PM PST by seedman81 (Sanctus Bellum Videlicet "Rubble doesn't make trouble.")
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Okay, this is getting weird.


4 posted on 01/06/2011 4:54:04 PM PST by rdl6989 (January 20, 2013- The end of an error.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Birds of a Feather

Faint Together

5 posted on 01/06/2011 4:54:48 PM PST by bunkerhill7
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Only 1 explanation possible...some strain of fast spreading BIRD FLU! Either a virus or fungus is infecting the birds.


6 posted on 01/06/2011 4:55:09 PM PST by Bridge_toofar
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To: rdl6989
Okay, this is getting weird.

Not really.....

.....I haven't heard of any fish falling from the sky lately...

7 posted on 01/06/2011 4:55:21 PM PST by SteamShovel (Beware the RINO-VIRUS...It will kill the TEA Party movement.)
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To: The Comedian

pingaroonie


8 posted on 01/06/2011 4:55:48 PM PST by null and void (We are now in day 716 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

In the military, we were trained to immediately dawn protective gear and give the “Gas” alarm when such signs as mass animal deaths were seen.

It’s ok though folks... no need for us to worry... nobody wants to kill us... Really!

We are not at war... we are simply conducting police actions against terrorists... oops... criminals.

Move along... nothing to see here.


9 posted on 01/06/2011 4:56:43 PM PST by Safrguns
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To: rdl6989

Yes.
It is officially NOT fireworks, earthquakes, thunderstorms, Dick Cheney,or BP. This is worldwide.

http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&oe=UTF8&msa=0&msid=201817256339889828327.0004991bca25af104a22b


10 posted on 01/06/2011 4:56:43 PM PST by omega4179 (Quem deus vult perdere, dementat prius)
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To: Bridge_toofar
Only 1 explanation possible...some strain of fast spreading BIRD FLU!

Most of the past cases of this have been some sort of bird flu. Of course until recent years we didn't hear about them (no Internet hysteria factor until recently).

11 posted on 01/06/2011 4:58:47 PM PST by Cementjungle
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Boy, this story is really for the birds.


12 posted on 01/06/2011 4:59:36 PM PST by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: hennie pennie

*bookmark*


13 posted on 01/06/2011 4:59:50 PM PST by hennie pennie
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Dead Birds Near Lake O' The Pines Attributed To Vehicles

Raymond Hedges, the environmental stewardship business line manager with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Jefferson, said coots -- medium-sized water birds that do not fly well -- are migrating across the Texas Highway 155 bridge at dusk and being hit by cars.

“This has been going on for two months, it happens every year,” he said. “There's not much you can do about it.”

He said at dusk, they move from shallow to deeper water and have been getting hit by cars since they started migrating.

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14 posted on 01/06/2011 5:00:32 PM PST by deport
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To: omega4179

Fireworks, earthquakes and bad weather also occur worldwide.

Mass bird deaths, especially of flocking species is not new. What’s new is the media flogging the stories with bated breath and conspiracy winks and nods.


15 posted on 01/06/2011 5:00:42 PM PST by Valpal1 ("The two enemies of the people are criminals and government..." Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
The birds could have been spooked by a boat coming through that area, [or by] a bird of prey such as a bald eagle.

Sounds like another NO NOTHING socalled expert/idiot giving his worthless 2 cents worth.

16 posted on 01/06/2011 5:01:19 PM PST by taxtruth (Don't end the fed,jail the fed!)
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To: rdl6989

Weird, agree. Here in Indianapolis the officials set off some kind of blast noises to prevent the blackbirds from nesting in the city parks for the winter. Apparently, city dwellers want them to move to the burbs.


17 posted on 01/06/2011 5:01:58 PM PST by Bronzy (We Remembered In November.)
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To: omega4179

Darn that is quite a list and map. I had no idea it was that widespread.


18 posted on 01/06/2011 5:02:35 PM PST by bobby.223
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Has anyone tracked the various latitudes and longitudes of the jet stream on the specific days of these incidents? I’m wondering if these events occurred along various points at the edge of it.


19 posted on 01/06/2011 5:02:57 PM PST by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

fireworks


20 posted on 01/06/2011 5:03:47 PM PST by plain talk
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Hot off the presses...

Tyson’s report MILLIONS of dead chickens!


21 posted on 01/06/2011 5:03:52 PM PST by irishtenor (Everything in moderation, however, too much whiskey is just enough... Mark Twain)
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To: omega4179

That is a nice and spooky map. HOWEVER - I wonder what it might have looked like posting similar stories from a year ago? Sort of when a bunch of earthquakes somehow make the news, and then some poster puts up a site showing a map with hundreds of earthquakes from around the world that week. (With those hundreds being typical, but if you didn’t know it you would think “OMG - look at all of those!”.)

Same goes for shark attacks too it seems. But, they sure are in the news with no good explanations (150 coot dead because an eagle scared them!!!???).


22 posted on 01/06/2011 5:03:52 PM PST by 21twelve ( You can go from boom to bust, from dreams to a bowl of dust ... another lost generation.)
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To: rdl6989

“Okay, this is getting weird”

I bet this has something to do with those contrails seen off the California coast.


23 posted on 01/06/2011 5:05:05 PM PST by EQAndyBuzz ( Happy Freeping New Year)
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To: SteamShovel
I think that was last year actually.
24 posted on 01/06/2011 5:05:14 PM PST by RC one (WHAT!!!!)
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To: Bridge_toofar

From the mega oil spill.


25 posted on 01/06/2011 5:08:32 PM PST by presently no screen name
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To: omega4179

Who put that data together? I’ve heard about incidents in AR, LA, an KY but nothing else. What date ranges were included?


26 posted on 01/06/2011 5:08:51 PM PST by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind.)
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To: omega4179
Yes. It is officially NOT fireworks, earthquakes, thunderstorms, Dick Cheney,or BP. This is worldwide.

Then it officially has to be BUSH'S FAULT!!!

27 posted on 01/06/2011 5:10:07 PM PST by ProudFossil
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To: rdl6989

They reported some in Sweden that I saw yesterday.


28 posted on 01/06/2011 5:11:03 PM PST by Ingtar (If Washington and his peers had been RINOs, we would still be a British colony.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
" hundreds of thousands "

Where did they come up with estimated number?

Thousands - yep - but Hunderds of thousands?

29 posted on 01/06/2011 5:13:17 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

STEP 1: Rent a prop plane, fly past a flock of birds, and spray/dump poison in their path. They fly thru it. They die. They fall to the ground.

STEP 2: Libs scream “Global warming (or factory pollution) is killing the birds!”

STEP 3: Shut down the factories and cap their “carbon” emmissions (even though CO2 is plant food, and the human body is 18% carbon). Establish a new category of taxation called “carbon taxes.” Parlay them into a trillion-dollar trading industry.

IN OTHER WORDS, Does anybody notice the timing here? EPA seizes control of Texas emissions JAN 2. Then, on JAN 5, flocks of birds in separate locations suddenly start dropping from the sky, DEAD.

Reminds me of CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND. Remember, all the animals are “dead,” laying by the side of the road, b/c there’s “poison gas” in the area?

Then Richard Dreyfuss yanks off his gas mask and starts telling the military guys: “THERE’S NOTHING WRONG WITH THE AIR. THERE’S NOTHING WRONG WITH THE AIR.”

To drive out the population, clearing them from the UFO landing area, the government faked the poison gas, and used knockout gas to render the local cows and birds unconscious.


30 posted on 01/06/2011 5:14:25 PM PST by StopObama2012 (CLICK ME to expose Osaudi)
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To: BuckeyeTexan
I think occam's razor may apply in this situation.

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UPDATE: Dead birds on bridge is a natural occurrence

According to Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's Media Communication Director, Tom Harvey, it is not uncommon to see dozens of dead birds on this bridge, including the American Coots here.

The Corps of Engineers office at Lake O' the Pines says they are not exactly sure why this happens, but it appears likely the birds are walking or roosting or flying on and around the bridge and many of them probably get hit and killed by motor vehicles.

The American Coots, which roost under the bridge, are prey for eagles and spook easily. When spooked they fly out from under the bridge in large masses, which explains why such a large number birds could be hit at one time.

Greg Conley, a TPWD staffer, said he has seen a similar situation involving multiple dead birds on bridges and roadways around Lake Fork. So, this appears to be a normal occurrence, not related to the Arkansas "birds falling from the sky" story.

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31 posted on 01/06/2011 5:15:24 PM PST by deport
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I would love to see hundreds of dead cackles in my back yard!


32 posted on 01/06/2011 5:15:47 PM PST by bareford101 (The ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of world that it leaves to its children.)
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To: Safrguns

I’m beginning to worry myself...


33 posted on 01/06/2011 5:17:19 PM PST by kailbo
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

This is just the same as the shark attack frenzy a few years ago. I’m sure it happens all the time, but it doesn’t make national news.


34 posted on 01/06/2011 5:18:02 PM PST by liberateUS
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To: kailbo

yeah... you have to ask yourself...

If this IS a biological attack in the making, would they tell us?

Someone besides our trusted government better start taking a look at this.


35 posted on 01/06/2011 5:20:18 PM PST by Safrguns
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To: deport

Yeah, I’d say that in this case too. But I’m curious about the other events.


36 posted on 01/06/2011 5:20:31 PM PST by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind.)
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To: liberateUS
This is just the same as the shark attack frenzy a few years ago. I’m sure it happens all the time, but it doesn’t make national news.

It does. When west nile virus came through here a few years ago blue jays were hit especially hard. I found at least a dozen of them on my half acre within about a week. Now their numbers are rebounding.

And living on a lake I see fish kills occasionally as well.
37 posted on 01/06/2011 5:22:53 PM PST by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: deport

Smithsonian bird curator says its no big deal.

http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/aroundthemall/2011/01/smithsonian-bird-curator-die-off-is-not-such-a-big-deal/


38 posted on 01/06/2011 5:26:41 PM PST by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: All
Disinformation and exaggeration mixed with lies, govt. and media have made the truth unrecognizable while hollywood distracts the masses. Good luck to anyone expecting a reasonably accurate explanation.
39 posted on 01/06/2011 5:38:38 PM PST by existtoexcel
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
I see a good opportunity here. Remember, never let a good crisis go by without exploiting it. The ballerina sez so/s
40 posted on 01/06/2011 5:44:41 PM PST by 23 Everest (A gun in hand is better than a cop on the phone.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

...And TYLER too! A murder of crows?


41 posted on 01/06/2011 5:45:23 PM PST by Anima Mundi (If you try to fail and you succeed , what have you just done?)
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To: Mr. Jazzy
BUSH!
42 posted on 01/06/2011 5:46:30 PM PST by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2013)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

No No, not my little coots. We feed them and the ducks at the park lake everyday. Maybe they’ll be safe if they stay there.


43 posted on 01/06/2011 5:49:00 PM PST by TribalPrincess2U (demonicRATS= Obama's Mosque, taxes, painful death. Is this what you want?)
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To: irishtenor
Tyson’s report MILLIONS of dead chickens!

So does KFC!

44 posted on 01/06/2011 5:49:08 PM PST by Bernard Marx
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Any possible correlation with the New Madrid fault line?


45 posted on 01/06/2011 5:53:54 PM PST by ArmyTeach (Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain ... Iowa 61)
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To: rdl6989

You’re right - it is getting weird.


46 posted on 01/06/2011 5:58:06 PM PST by GOPJ
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To: cripplecreek

47 posted on 01/06/2011 6:03:52 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

No No, not my little coots. We feed them and the ducks at the park lake everyday. Maybe they’ll be safe if they stay there.


48 posted on 01/06/2011 6:07:48 PM PST by TribalPrincess2U (demonicRATS= Obama's Mosque, taxes, painful death. Is this what you want?)
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To: cripplecreek
Smithsonian bird curator says its no big deal.

But is he a democRAT? They lie, you know.

49 posted on 01/06/2011 6:10:45 PM PST by TribalPrincess2U (demonicRATS= Obama's Mosque, taxes, painful death. Is this what you want?)
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To: bareford101
I would love to see hundreds of dead cackles in my back yard!

You talking about those mean black birds all over Texas that make that bizarre sound?

50 posted on 01/06/2011 6:13:33 PM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed, and I do not give a damn.)
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