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A strange discovery this morning in downtown Austin. (TX)
KLBJ News ^ | 1/8/2007 | n/a

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.


TOPICS: US: Texas
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There was no mention of what kind of birds were involved. Mods, move this if this is not the correct part of FR for this news.
1 posted on 01/08/2007 4:39:57 AM PST by Arrowhead1952
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To: Arrowhead1952

Not good.


2 posted on 01/08/2007 4:41:24 AM PST by kinoxi
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To: kinoxi; ValerieUSA; txflake; WinOne4TheGipper; DrewsDad; HiJinx; Gracey; anymouse; HopeandGlory; ...

No, this is not good. Ping for other Austin locals.


3 posted on 01/08/2007 4:44:41 AM PST by Arrowhead1952 (The terrorists have many allies in the United States, especially in the democrat party.)
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To: Arrowhead1952

Wow Canary in the Coal mine?
Any Free Republic posters up to ping about this.

Keep us posted.


4 posted on 01/08/2007 4:45:53 AM PST by Global2010 ( I am just ole Lab dog with my head stickin' out the window and my ears a flappin' in the wind.)
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To: Arrowhead1952

Not a good thing...?

Blowing the street clean? ah...do they know what IT was that killed the birds or where it is?


5 posted on 01/08/2007 4:45:53 AM PST by EBH (May God Save Our Country)
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To: Arrowhead1952

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.

Thank you!


6 posted on 01/08/2007 4:48:19 AM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is aborting, buggering, and contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Arrowhead1952

Bird flu?


7 posted on 01/08/2007 4:48:52 AM PST by Brilliant
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To: EBH

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?


8 posted on 01/08/2007 4:49:55 AM PST by Global2010 ( I am just ole Lab dog with my head stickin' out the window and my ears a flappin' in the wind.)
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To: Brilliant
Bird flu?

Birds fel.

9 posted on 01/08/2007 4:50:12 AM PST by SlowBoat407 (A living insult to islam since 1959)
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To: Arrowhead1952

...Martian death ray.


10 posted on 01/08/2007 4:50:19 AM PST by familyop
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To: familyop

Dixie Chicks rehearse nearby?


11 posted on 01/08/2007 4:51:29 AM PST by steve8714 (Isn't Israel a sovereign nation? Why do they do what we tell them to do?)
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To: ArrogantBustard
That's a horrible poem.

Carolyn

12 posted on 01/08/2007 4:51:36 AM PST by CDHart ("It's too late to work within the system and too early to shoot the b@#$%^&s."--Claire Wolfe)
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To: Arrowhead1952
Amos 3:5 Does a bird fall into a trap on the ground when there is no bait in it? Does a trap spring up from the earth when it captures nothing at all?

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).

13 posted on 01/08/2007 4:51:51 AM PST by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin (Freedom is the freedom to discipline yourself so others don't have to do it for you.)
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To: steve8714

LOL! That would do it.


14 posted on 01/08/2007 4:52:23 AM PST by familyop
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To: Brilliant

Not likely, overnight event. Birds would have been showing signs for several days.


15 posted on 01/08/2007 4:52:49 AM PST by EBH (May God Save Our Country)
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To: Arrowhead1952

maybe the core of the earth stopped spinning sending the birds into the side of a building hence killing them


16 posted on 01/08/2007 4:52:51 AM PST by InvisibleChurch (Tempus Fidget - The time between the final hymn and recessional.)
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To: steve8714

Legislature in session?


17 posted on 01/08/2007 4:53:04 AM PST by BikerJoe
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To: Arrowhead1952
First, I'd want to see a photograph and the timeline-weather at that locale.

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).

18 posted on 01/08/2007 4:54:29 AM PST by Eclectica (Ask your MD about Evolution. Please!)
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To: CDHart

It's a classic song by Tom Lehrer, 60's satirist and composer extraordinaire.


19 posted on 01/08/2007 4:54:34 AM PST by SlowBoat407 (A living insult to islam since 1959)
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin
To those looking for answers...God knows who did it.

...and Ronnie Earle will jail Him as a material witness.

20 posted on 01/08/2007 4:55:36 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (Tell Tom Vilsack to WEAR THE BEAR!)
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To: CDHart
It's a song, m'dear ... no mere poem, that. And Tom Lehrer is the master par excellence of sick (really, really sick) humour. Nothing he wrote should be taken too seriously.
21 posted on 01/08/2007 4:58:23 AM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is aborting, buggering, and contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Arrowhead1952

Somebody get a new pellet rifle for Christmas?


22 posted on 01/08/2007 4:58:37 AM PST by Hatteras
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To: Arrowhead1952

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.


23 posted on 01/08/2007 4:58:42 AM PST by I_Like_Spam
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I don't see the humor in this report that others seems to see.


24 posted on 01/08/2007 4:59:32 AM PST by leadpenny
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To: Eclectica

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.)


25 posted on 01/08/2007 4:59:53 AM PST by SlowBoat407 (A living insult to islam since 1959)
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To: EBH
They are using leaf blowers to clean the feathers. So far, one more additional update. Waiting for more now.

A homeless man found unconscious near Congress. EMTs trying to revive him now.
26 posted on 01/08/2007 5:01:45 AM PST by Arrowhead1952 (The terrorists have many allies in the United States, especially in the democrat party.)
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To: Arrowhead1952

"Paging Tippi Hedren......."


27 posted on 01/08/2007 5:03:43 AM PST by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
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To: Arrowhead1952

Hopefully it is unrelated. Otherwise ...it could have been a missed opportunity...?


28 posted on 01/08/2007 5:04:03 AM PST by EBH (May God Save Our Country)
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To: Arrowhead1952

Bush's fault!


29 posted on 01/08/2007 5:05:40 AM PST by READINABLUESTATE (Free speech for thee, but not for me?)
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To: Arrowhead1952

"There was no mention of what kind of birds were involved."


That's funny! I hope they were Grackles. Nobody cares for them.


30 posted on 01/08/2007 5:06:38 AM PST by wolfcreek (Please Lord, May I be, one who sees what's in front of me.)
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To: Eclectica


It's clear here. No fog today and there aren't any towers in that area, other than on top of buildings.
31 posted on 01/08/2007 5:07:21 AM PST by Arrowhead1952 (The terrorists have many allies in the United States, especially in the democrat party.)
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To: Arrowhead1952

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.


32 posted on 01/08/2007 5:09:15 AM PST by wolfcreek (Please Lord, May I be, one who sees what's in front of me.)
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To: Arrowhead1952
Part of Pelosi's 100 hour program? 'Redistribution' of birds?
33 posted on 01/08/2007 5:09:27 AM PST by TRY ONE (NUKE the unborn gay whales!)
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To: wolfcreek

**I hope they were Grackles.**

I was thinking the same thing.


34 posted on 01/08/2007 5:09:46 AM PST by Arrowhead1952 (The terrorists have many allies in the United States, especially in the democrat party.)
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To: ArrogantBustard
LOL! You beat me to it.

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."

35 posted on 01/08/2007 5:10:46 AM PST by P8riot (I carry a gun because I can't carry a cop.)
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To: Arrowhead1952

Coyboys fans committing mass suicide?...........


36 posted on 01/08/2007 5:11:17 AM PST by Red Badger (New! HeadOn Hemorrhoid Medication for Liberals!.........Apply directly to forehead.........)
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To: Arrowhead1952

Musta been one helluva stone...


37 posted on 01/08/2007 5:11:23 AM PST by LIConFem (Just opened a new seafood restaurant in Great Britain, called "Squid Pro Quid")
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To: CDHart

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.


38 posted on 01/08/2007 5:13:53 AM PST by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: wolfcreek

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.


39 posted on 01/08/2007 5:15:10 AM PST by FreedomPoster (Guns themselves are fairly robust; their chief enemies are rust and politicians) (NRA)
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To: Arrowhead1952; All
This may have something to do with this.

Pigeon deterrent installed over Austin trail

40 posted on 01/08/2007 5:16:20 AM PST by Dane ("Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall" Ronald Reagan, 1987)
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To: Arrowhead1952

Local paper has this (not sure if registration is required):

http://tinyurl.com/y45qd3

Frontpage of paper has this:

http://www.statesman.com

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."


41 posted on 01/08/2007 5:20:41 AM PST by Ted
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They have a streeet named for Cesar Chavez? Figures...teasips...


42 posted on 01/08/2007 5:25:24 AM PST by secret garden (Dubiety reigns here)
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To: Ted

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.


43 posted on 01/08/2007 5:27:20 AM PST by Ted
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To: Dane

Could have, but I don't think the wire coils would kill the birds.


44 posted on 01/08/2007 5:27:41 AM PST by Arrowhead1952 (The terrorists have many allies in the United States, especially in the democrat party.)
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To: secret garden

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?...


45 posted on 01/08/2007 5:29:48 AM PST by Ted
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To: Ted
Just goes to show how easy it could be to create havoc if this is unplanned, or God forbid it is planned.

Two weeks from tomorrow, the governor's inaugural parade is on Congress Ave.

46 posted on 01/08/2007 5:30:47 AM PST by Arrowhead1952 (The terrorists have many allies in the United States, especially in the democrat party.)
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To: Arrowhead1952

12 year old with a BB gun perhaps?


47 posted on 01/08/2007 5:34:49 AM PST by Kenton (All vices in moderation. I don't want to overdo any but I don't want to skip any either.)
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To: FreedomPoster

"Grackles, or starlings?"


Could be similiar birds. Basically a pest.


48 posted on 01/08/2007 5:41:19 AM PST by wolfcreek (Please Lord, May I be, one who sees what's in front of me.)
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To: Arrowhead1952

49 posted on 01/08/2007 5:42:10 AM PST by deport
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To: Arrowhead1952

Guy Fawkes?


50 posted on 01/08/2007 5:46:29 AM PST by GWB00 (Barbara Streisand barely made it out of high school.)
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