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Blackbirds falling in the dead of night:Investigation under way after 1,000 tumble from Arkansas sky
Dailymail ^ | 1/3/10 | Lewis Bazley

Posted on 01/03/2011 11:15:49 AM PST by Kartographer

Bemused U.S. officials are looking into why more than 1,000 blackbirds crashed from the sky in Arkansas on the final day of 2010.

In scenes reminiscent of the FlashForward drama series, state wildlife employees were searching the town of Beebe after scores of birds fell to the ground late on New Year's Eve, continuing into the early hours of the morning.

High winds and tornadoes swept through Arkansas on New Year's Eve, killing seven people, and state staff believe the bizarre incident could be down to the severe conditions.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; US: Arkansas
KEYWORDS: arkansas; birds; black; blackbirds
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Life imitates art? Shades of the TV show 'Flash Forward'?
1 posted on 01/03/2011 11:15:54 AM PST by Kartographer
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To: Kartographer
Canary in the coal mine
2 posted on 01/03/2011 11:19:04 AM PST by de.rm (Bang, bang, . . bang. Shhh=Bush, the elder, E. Howard Hunt, LBJ, Mrs, Edgar Hoover)
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To: Kartographer

I thought the same thing - I wish they had not canceled that show - I liked it!


3 posted on 01/03/2011 11:20:26 AM PST by MissH
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To: Kartographer

They’re not dead, they’re just resting. Pining for the fjords.


4 posted on 01/03/2011 11:21:05 AM PST by CholeraJoe (Eat moer DUCK! War Eagle!!!!)
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To: Kartographer

Death by Beebe beebies?


5 posted on 01/03/2011 11:23:34 AM PST by frithguild (The Democrat Party Brand - Big Government protecting Entrenched Interests from Competition)
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To: CholeraJoe

I think it’s the racist white clouds keepin’ ‘em down!

Hehe...


6 posted on 01/03/2011 11:23:36 AM PST by Niuhuru (The Internet is the digital AIDS; adapting and successfully destroying the MSM host.)
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To: Kartographer
Blackbirds falling in the dead of night

Take these broken wings and learn to fly.

7 posted on 01/03/2011 11:24:03 AM PST by Cletus.D.Yokel (Islam is a violent and tyrannical political ideology and has nothing to do with "religion".)
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To: CholeraJoe

Lovely plumage!


8 posted on 01/03/2011 11:24:50 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: Kartographer

Gotta be global warming/sarc.


9 posted on 01/03/2011 11:26:04 AM PST by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
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To: de.rm

“Canary in the coal mine”

Just heard on the news that there’s been a bunch of fish found dead in a river in Arkansas. I thinking it’s bibical and the state of Arkansas is being punished for the “Sins of Bubba” (SOB)...


10 posted on 01/03/2011 11:26:08 AM PST by snoringbear (Government is the Pimp,)
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To: Kartographer
Given the timeframe:

Fireworks can cause: birds and animals aka pets:
Fright, TERROR...burns and eye damage, death... http://www.stop-fireworks.org/animals_and_fireworks.htm

11 posted on 01/03/2011 11:26:29 AM PST by fight_truth_decay
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To: Kartographer

Anyway to pin this on SUV’s, globull smarming, the Tea Party, Sara Palin or Israel?


12 posted on 01/03/2011 11:27:12 AM PST by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2013)
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To: Kartographer

Racism????


13 posted on 01/03/2011 11:27:41 AM PST by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2013)
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To: Kartographer

It undoubtedly had something to do with the severe weather. The flock could have been caught up in cumulonimbus updraft, frozen at altitude then turned into avian hailstones. I know this has happened to some hang glider and paraglider pilots who were foolish enough to fly when the cunims were forming.


14 posted on 01/03/2011 11:27:51 AM PST by HerrBlucher ("It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged." G.K. Chesterton)
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To: de.rm; All

Now they have raised the number of dead birds to 3,000. Also a report about 100 miles away of 200,000 Drum fish dead and washing up on the shore of a river. What the f...?


15 posted on 01/03/2011 11:28:03 AM PST by gleeaikin
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To: Kartographer

A FReeper pointed out on a thread last night that there were tornadoes in Arkansas shortly before this “blackbird fall.”


16 posted on 01/03/2011 11:28:12 AM PST by JennysCool (My hypocrisy goes only so far)
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To: Dallas59

Probably, but you missed the long-time favorite: Bush’s fault.


17 posted on 01/03/2011 11:28:45 AM PST by Zarro (Hands off Our Junk!)
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To: Kartographer

The performance of my new, experimental, “quad-barrel, zero-gauge” shotgun exceeded my expectations.


18 posted on 01/03/2011 11:31:51 AM PST by WayneS (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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To: JennysCool

Tornadoes and cyclones are known to do this.

They suck up fish from ponds, and dump them miles away, when the winds die down. It’s not hard to imagine that a flock of birds could also have been trapped the same way.


19 posted on 01/03/2011 11:32:36 AM PST by James C. Bennett
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To: Dallas59

Don’t forget George Bush! As certifiable moon-bats, we must ALWAYS try to pin the blame on GWB first!


20 posted on 01/03/2011 11:33:58 AM PST by WayneS (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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To: CholeraJoe

They’re dodging a Flying While Intoxicated check point.


21 posted on 01/03/2011 11:34:02 AM PST by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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To: Dallas59

Don’t forget George Bush! As certifiable moon-bats, we must ALWAYS try to pin the blame on GWB first!


22 posted on 01/03/2011 11:34:05 AM PST by WayneS (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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To: Kartographer

that is what I was thinking


23 posted on 01/03/2011 11:34:09 AM PST by mpackard (Read my Lip-Stick)
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To: Dallas59

Don’t forget George Bush! As certifiable moon-bats, we must ALWAYS try to pin the blame on GWB first!


24 posted on 01/03/2011 11:34:14 AM PST by WayneS (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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To: James C. Bennett

worse yet, they are falling on the fish and killing them too


25 posted on 01/03/2011 11:34:14 AM PST by SF_Redux (the scarier part about all these Marxists is, that a few of them can breed .. with the opposite sex)
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To: Kartographer

A lightning strike would seem to be a logical explanation as these types of birds have been know to flock together in flocks of several million birds.


26 posted on 01/03/2011 11:34:31 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Islam is the religion of Satan and Mohammed was his minion.)
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To: Kartographer

Lost In The Ozone Again...


27 posted on 01/03/2011 11:35:37 AM PST by Wings-n-Wind (The main things are the plain things!)
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To: WayneS
The performance of my new, experimental, “quad-barrel, zero-gauge” shotgun exceeded my expectations.

Hah!
Did you at least say "oops", when it started raining birds?

28 posted on 01/03/2011 11:35:37 AM PST by El Cid (Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house...)
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To: snoringbear

Two problems with falling birds and dead fish..

They fell while in flight in the middle of the night when they should have been on the roost, only one type (Red wing Blackbird) was affected.

The fish killed near Ozark were all Drum. No other species affected as far as I know.


29 posted on 01/03/2011 11:36:14 AM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (I visited GEN TOMMY FRANKS Military Museum in HOBART, OKLAHOMA! Well worth it!)
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To: snoringbear
The dead fish were drum fish and biologists aid the fish and bird incident are unrelated. Large Fireworks do kill birds, but there was a hail storm that could have also taken down the birds as well.

I don't think it was travelers from outter space!! There is some type of fish in the gulf that was released from an aquarium during a hurricane and have mulitiplied and are eating species of a popular fish once dominant to that area--so catching of this fish is now encouraged and even called a delicacy..was a lion fish? (not sure).

30 posted on 01/03/2011 11:37:19 AM PST by fight_truth_decay
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To: Dallas59
Anyway to pin this on SUV’s, globull smarming, the Tea Party, Sara Palin or Israel?

You forgot BUSH!

31 posted on 01/03/2011 11:38:10 AM PST by blondee123 (IMPEACH THEM ALL! FREEDOMS SLIPPING AWAY DAILY!)
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To: HerrBlucher
"...Cloud suck is typically associated with an increase in thermal updraft velocity near cloud base. As a parcel of air lifted in a thermal rises, it also cools, and water vapor will eventually condense to form a cloud if the parcel rises above the lifted condensation level. As the water vapor condenses, it releases its latent heat of vaporization, thereby increasing the buoyancy of the parcel.[3] The updraft is amplified by this latent heat release.[1][4] Paraglider pilots have reported being unable to descend in strong cloud suck, even after bringing their canopies into full stall, which would normally result in a rapid vertical descent.[5] Cloud suck is especially dangerous for paraglider pilots, whose maximum speed is less than 30 knots, because the updrafts can exceed their ability to get away.[6] On 14 February 2007 while practicing for a paragliding contest in Australia, Polish-born[7] German team pilot Ewa Wiśnierska-Cieślewicz was sucked into a cumulonimbus cloud, climbing at up to 20 meters per second (4,000 feet per minute)[8] to an altitude of 9,946 meters (32,600 feet).[9] She lost consciousness due to hypoxia, but regained consciousness after 30 minutes to an hour, and landed still covered in ice after a three and a half hour flight.[10] [11] Chinese paraglider pilot He Zhongpin died after he was sucked into the same storm system and struck by lightning at 5900 meters (19,000 feet). Mr. He's body was found the next day 15 km (9 miles) from his last known position prior to entering the cloud.[12] Compared with hang-gliders and paragliders, sailplanes have much higher top speeds (often over 250 km/h), they could easily escape powerful cumulo-nimbus clouds by flying away quickly or by using their powerful air brakes. Furthermore, since lee waves are nowadays used by glider pilots to gain great heights instead of thunderstorms, occurrences of unplanned ascents are rare."
32 posted on 01/03/2011 11:38:30 AM PST by sinanju
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"No, no.. they're, um... they're just resting."

33 posted on 01/03/2011 11:39:03 AM PST by evets (beer)
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To: Kartographer

Drudge has a report today about a mass fish kill, I believe also in Arkansas.


34 posted on 01/03/2011 11:39:07 AM PST by mmercier
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gnRjdjqNv0E


35 posted on 01/03/2011 11:39:30 AM PST by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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Blackbirds falling in the dead of night: Investigation under way after 1,000 tumble from Arkansas sky

At four and twenty per pie, that's over 41 pies.

36 posted on 01/03/2011 11:40:21 AM PST by TruthShallSetYouFree (Obama joined the Tea Party. His favorite brand: Constant Commie.)
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It's genocide against BLACKbirds...someone call Al and Jesse...

PS# yesterday the media sait it was 5,000 birds...accuracy in reporting all.
37 posted on 01/03/2011 11:43:26 AM PST by FrankR (The Evil Are Powerless If The Good Are Unafraid! - R. Reagan)
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To: JennysCool
I would imagine that getting swooped up by the winds of the tornado and then let go could produce a flock of birds.

Now if it was happening.....one flock at a time, I might think different....

Need a better sequence of events.

Why only blackbirds? Why only that certain species of fish?

38 posted on 01/03/2011 11:44:13 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: HerrBlucher
It undoubtedly had something to do with the severe weather.

Several years ago, NW Austin had a big hail storm. Lots of dead grackles, but not nearly enough. Doves and other birds got away before the hail hit, bunt the grackles just stayed.

39 posted on 01/03/2011 11:46:30 AM PST by Arrowhead1952 (Don't tread on me!)
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To: Kartographer

And some guy is saying the rapture will occur on May 21st. Could this incident be related?


40 posted on 01/03/2011 11:47:12 AM PST by Terry Mross
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To: mpackard; MissH

In the hit BBC thriller series Flash Forward (pictured) crows fell from the sky, in a spooky incident which mirrored that at Mrs Knight's Somerset house on Sunday
41 posted on 01/03/2011 11:48:27 AM PST by Kartographer (".. we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.")
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To: Kartographer

Project HAARP strikes again?


42 posted on 01/03/2011 11:49:44 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: snoringbear

Just heard on the news that there’s been a bunch of fish found dead in a river in Arkansas. I thinking it’s bibical and the state of Arkansas is being punished for the “Sins of Bubba” (SOB)...””

LOL! Is this an original?


43 posted on 01/03/2011 11:53:43 AM PST by Neoliberalnot ((Read "The Grey Book" for an alternative to corruption in DC))
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To: snoringbear

Just heard on the news that there’s been a bunch of fish found dead in a river in Arkansas. I thinking it’s bibical and the state of Arkansas is being punished for the “Sins of Bubba” (SOB)...””

LOL! Is this an original?


44 posted on 01/03/2011 11:53:52 AM PST by Neoliberalnot ((Read "The Grey Book" for an alternative to corruption in DC))
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To: Kartographer

Nothing like likening the event to a plot element in an unwatched and cancelled sci-fi series.

Yeah, totally like that show .... what was it called again?

Too bad the show got cancelled or maybe we’d know what caused it.


45 posted on 01/03/2011 11:54:27 AM PST by sbMKE
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To: Terry Mross

Of course it is. This is just the beginning.


46 posted on 01/03/2011 11:55:29 AM PST by stuartcr (When politicians politicize issues, aren't they just doing their job?)
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To: Kartographer

It happened in “Jericho” too.


47 posted on 01/03/2011 11:57:10 AM PST by Abigail Adams
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To: Kartographer

Apparently the red-winged black bird is not rare and 3,000 dead birds out of a flock of millions would have been a partial, but not total flock kill. Probably weather related:

http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Red-winged_Blackbird/lifehistory

Winter flocks can be congregations of several million birds, including other blackbird species and starlings. Each morning the roosts spread out, traveling as far as 50 miles to feed, then re-forming at night.


48 posted on 01/03/2011 11:58:09 AM PST by sodpoodle (Despair; man's surrender. Laughter; God 's redemption.)
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To: sodpoodle

I was guessing a sudden cold snap would do this -
it’s what caused a massive fish kill in Fla a year ago.


49 posted on 01/03/2011 11:59:33 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a (de)humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: Abigail Adams

Jericho - first season?
I don’t recall a massive bird kill...


50 posted on 01/03/2011 12:00:20 PM PST by MrB (The difference between a (de)humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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