Skip to comments.A strange discovery this morning in downtown Austin. (TX)
Posted on 01/08/2007 4:39:56 AM PST by Arrowhead1952
Several blocks of Congress Ave are closed as police investigate the death of dozens and dozens of birds lying in the street.
KLBJ spoke to the APD's Toni Shovenitz, She says they are speculating it is some type of posioning.
Right now police are using leaf-blowers to clean the road. They hope re-open this area before rush hour traffic.
No, this is not good. Ping for other Austin locals.
Wow Canary in the Coal mine?
Any Free Republic posters up to ping about this.
Keep us posted.
Not a good thing...?
Blowing the street clean? ah...do they know what IT was that killed the birds or where it is?
Perhaps a Tom Lehrer fan was taking things a bit too seriously???
Poisoning Pigeons in the Park
I'd like to take you now on wings of song as it were, and try and help you forget, perhaps, for a while, your drab wretched lives. Here is a song all about springtime in general, and in particular about one of the many delightful pastimes that the coming of spring affords us all.
Spring is here, a-suh-puh-ring is here.
Life is skittles and life is beer.
I think the loveliest time of the year is the spring.
I do, don't you? 'Course you do.
But there's one thing that makes spring complete for me,
And makes every Sunday a treat for me.
All the world seems in tune
On a spring afternoon,
When we're poisoning pigeons in the park.
Every Sunday you'll see
My sweetheart and me,
As we poison the pigeons in the park.
When they see us coming, the birdies all try an' hide,
But they still go for peanuts when coated with cyanide.
The sun's shining bright,
Everything seems all right,
When we're poisoning pigeons in the park.
We've gained notoriety,
And caused much anxiety
In the Audubon Society
With our games.
They call it impiety
And lack of propriety,
And quite a variety
Of unpleasant names.
But it's not against any religion
To want to dispose of a pigeon.
So if Sunday you're free,
Why don't you come with me,
And we'll poison the pigeons in the park.
And maybe we'll do
In a squirrel* or two,
While we're poisoning pigeons in the park.
We'll murder them all amid laughter and merriment,
Except for the few we take home to experiment.
My pulse will be quickenin'
With each drop of strych'nine
We feed to a pigeon.
(It just takes a smidgin!)
To poison a pigeon in the park.
I know ya would think air quality control would be on it to nullify that and then get them birds to a lab sufficiant to autopsy and find out if Jo Austin Texas is at risk when he goes to work in a few moments.
What is a good link for this story?
...Martian death ray.
Dixie Chicks rehearse nearby?
To those looking for answers...God knows who did it.
Matthew 10:29 "Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father (knowing it).
LOL! That would do it.
Not likely, overnight event. Birds would have been showing signs for several days.
maybe the core of the earth stopped spinning sending the birds into the side of a building hence killing them
Legislature in session?
Tall communications-towers hidden by fog has killed thousands of nighttime migratory birds at several sites in the US and Canada. (Now-extinct site was www.towerkills.org).
It's a classic song by Tom Lehrer, 60's satirist and composer extraordinaire.
...and Ronnie Earle will jail Him as a material witness.
Somebody get a new pellet rifle for Christmas?
I don't think its terrorism.
For many years, Pittsburgh news anchor Bill Burns suggeted killing this city's pigeons. Never did, but maybe someone in Austin is following through.
Burns commentated once that Pittsburgh ought to kill its pigeons, freeze dry them and ship them to Ethiopia to relieve a famine over there.
I don't see the humor in this report that others seems to see.
satellite shot (Google maps) doesn't show any towers or other prevalent structures that would bring down the birds along the entire stretch (Ceaser Chavez to 11th St.)
"Paging Tippi Hedren......."
Hopefully it is unrelated. Otherwise ...it could have been a missed opportunity...?
"There was no mention of what kind of birds were involved."
That's funny! I hope they were Grackles. Nobody cares for them.
There was a hail storm a year or so ago that killed thousands of Grackles and other birds in Austin. Not much news on that story at the time.
**I hope they were Grackles.**
I was thinking the same thing.
My favorite line in the song:
"When they see us coming, the birdies all try an' hide,
But they still go for peanuts when coated with cyanide."
Coyboys fans committing mass suicide?...........
Musta been one helluva stone...
It's a satirical song, lime all of Tom Leherer's stuff was...
There were over a thousand wild ducks that died here in Idaho a couple of weeks ago...they thought it was an epidemic, but the last I heard about it, they were still testing.
Grackles, or starlings? How big of a bird, are we talking about, in this event?
We'd get flocks of 10s of thousands of starlings, when I lived in KY in the 70s. Our street was lined with poplars, and they'd roost and make all kinds of noise, and one heckuva mess. Really obnoxious.
Local paper has this (not sure if registration is required):
Frontpage of paper has this:
Strange, and a bit disturbing. My wife and 13 year old just left for school about 20 blocks north of this area, and of course she left her cell phone at home this morning...
In case registration is required:
"Drivers should avoid Congress Avenue this morning
By Joshunda Sanders | Monday, January 8, 2007, 05:41 AM
The City of Austin Office of Emergency Management is asking drivers to avoid the area of Congress Avenue from Cesar Chavez to 11th Street and adjacent streets this morning because the roadways are blocked. The city says a public safety incident has blocked access to roadways and buildings in that area. According to the Austin Police Department, at least a dozen dead birds have been found in the area.
UPDATE from the Austin Police Department: Congress Avenue from Cesar Chavez to 11th Street, as well as one block on either side of Congress Avenue is currently closed down and will remain closed until approximately noon. Individuals that work in this area should not come in until further notice.
UPDATE: Brazos Street is currently backed up heading toward the Capitol area."
They have a streeet named for Cesar Chavez? Figures...teasips...
The closed area is all of Congress avenue including east-west streets for one block, from the state capital building all the way down to the river. This is the heart of downtown Austin, and police are saying don't go to work until further notice. Just goes to show how easy it could be to create havoc if this is unplanned, or God forbid it is planned.
Could have, but I don't think the wire coils would kill the birds.
Yeah... it used to be 1st street, most older Austinites still call it that. 19th street is MLK Jr Blvd, and 26th street is now Deane Keeton street (I have no idea). Wonder what name they'd think of for 6th street?...
Two weeks from tomorrow, the governor's inaugural parade is on Congress Ave.
12 year old with a BB gun perhaps?
"Grackles, or starlings?"
Could be similiar birds. Basically a pest.