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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
KEYWORDS: austin; birds
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To: Arrowhead1952

Here's another update:

http://www.kxan.com/Global/story.asp?S=5904817


151 posted on 01/08/2007 9:26:17 AM PST by sasha123 (Jack's Back - 1/14)
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To: Arrowhead1952

For a minute I thought someone had found a Republican.


152 posted on 01/08/2007 9:34:20 AM PST by jordan8
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To: isthisnickcool
The legislature is about to go back in to session. Must have something to do with that.

Nah...there was no mention of turkeys in any of those stories.

153 posted on 01/08/2007 9:47:48 AM PST by ravingnutter
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To: RonDog

154 posted on 01/08/2007 9:48:27 AM PST by visualops (artlife.us)
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To: RonDog

Thanks... ;-)


155 posted on 01/08/2007 10:08:45 AM PST by pamlet
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To: InvisibleChurch
*snort* One of my favorite cheesy movies. BTW did you know that in the scene, in The Core, where the birds are flying at the window, one of the birds is actually a trout? We saw that on the movie commentary while watching the DVD. The guys doing the animation threw it in there to see if anyone would notice. You don't really, unless you know it's there, and you're doing slo-mo.
156 posted on 01/08/2007 10:16:07 AM PST by SuziQ
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To: TexanByBirth
the guest threw rice, the birds ate the rice and then drank water, the birds then croak

You're aware, that this is an urban legend...right?

Birds will not explode or croak or anything from eating raw rice...

Link

Regards,

Col Sanders

157 posted on 01/08/2007 10:45:02 AM PST by Col Sanders (I ought to tear your no-good Goddang preambulatory bone frame, and nail it to your government walls)
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To: Arrowhead1952

We had this happen several years ago. Hundreds of birds dead and it turned out to be poisoning. Can't remember what kind of poison. It was in a farming area.


158 posted on 01/08/2007 10:46:22 AM PST by Vicki (Washington State where anyone can vote .... illegals, non-residents or anyone just passing through)
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To: P8riot

"When they see us coming, the birdies all try an' hide,
But they still go for peanuts when coated with cyanide."



Ahhh the master of the forced rhyme.

I myself prefer the song about the bullfight where he says

Out came the matador
Who must have been potted or
Slightly insane but who
looked rather bored.


159 posted on 01/08/2007 10:50:10 AM PST by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: SlowBoat407

LOL!


160 posted on 01/08/2007 10:51:45 AM PST by skr (We cannot play innocents abroad in a world that is not innocent.-- Ronald Reagan)
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To: RonDog
They also have VIDEO at that link.

On our San Antonio ABC affiliate on the noon news, I saw a giant rat walking up to one of the dead birds for an al fresco meal...
yuck, I say let the rats eat the birds, then maybe they will all die.

161 posted on 01/08/2007 10:58:20 AM PST by sockmonkey (Die, Possums, Die)
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To: isthisnickcool
"The legislature is about to go back in to session. Must have something to do with that."

Mass suicide over the prospect of an influx of lawyers.

I know how they feel.

162 posted on 01/08/2007 11:06:50 AM PST by Proud_texan
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To: Vicki
We had this happen several years ago. Hundreds of birds dead and it turned out to be poisoning. Can't remember what kind of poison. It was in a farming area.

I was going to answer some time ago, but had to take care of another matter. We had something similar happen near here a few years ago as well. Turned out that the birds "got drunk" on fermented berries on some the local trees and bushes, and flew into windows and broke their necks.

163 posted on 01/08/2007 12:45:36 PM PST by Arrowhead1952 (The terrorists have many allies in the United States, especially in the democrat party.)
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To: Tenacious 1
"...I had a lengthy discussion with an environmental engineer that studied the issue at length. He was emphatic about how disappointed he was with the fact birds do not routinely fly into communications towers..."

http://www.njaudubon.org/Conservation/opinions/98win.html

164 posted on 01/09/2007 3:34:00 AM PST by Eclectica (Ask your MD about Evolution. Please!)
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To: Eclectica
["An estimated 5,000 to 10,000 birds, mostly Lapland Longspurs, were killed on the night of January 22, 1998, at a 420 foot tall communications tower in western Kansas. Apparently a heavy snowstorm sent the birds up looking for bare ground. Dense fog caused the tower's aviation-safety lights (required on structures over 200') to reflect off water in the air and form an illuminated space, causing the birds to switch to their diurnal (visual) mode of navigation. The flock circled the lighted tower and collided with its guy wires. Some birds were impaled by wheat stubble, suggesting they were so disoriented that they couldn't tell which way was up and flew into the ground at full force. The tower had three white strobes. This is interesting because it has been suggested that flashing lights cause less mortality than steadily illuminated lights. Evidence suggests that continent-wide, communications towers kill 2 to 4 million songbirds each year." (American Bird Conservancy, Bird Calls, March 1998).]

This is an interesting story. It seems a rather unique situation that is worded to sound plausible. Why are the bird deaths estimated? Where are the photos of 5,000 to 10,000 dead birds? That is a rather large pile of birds. The article describes a pretty detailed account of the incident on that night in Kansas. Nobody actually counted the birds close enough to be able to estimate the deaths any closer than 100%? The rest of the article is the same drivel that you get about towers anywhere.

If their "estimated deaths" are this far off in this one instance, I highly doubt the 2 to 4 million deaths estimate. Do you have a link to photos of 5,000 dead birds littering the base of a communications tower?
165 posted on 01/09/2007 5:36:00 AM PST by Tenacious 1 (No to nitwit jesters with a predisposition of self importance and unqualified political opinions!)
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To: Tenacious 1
Do you have a link to photos of 5,000 dead birds littering the base of a communications tower?

http://64.233.161.104/search?q=cache:lWYWQzSJcPcJ:cacx.org/pier/environmental/avian_bibliography/2004_AVIAN_BIBLIOGRAPHY.XLS+american+-bird-conservancy,+tower-kills,+australia&hl=en&gl=us&ct=clnk&cd=9

I don't think bird groups really have a selfish agenda here, but tower contractors and developers could.

Funny, I just visited a site that stated, "If we don't open up the [endangered] manatee safety zones to boat traffic, how is the state [of Florida] going to be able to accurately count the numbers killed by boats?"

Logic...of sorts.

:^)

166 posted on 01/09/2007 4:56:47 PM PST by Eclectica (Ask your MD about Evolution. Please!)
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To: Eclectica
[I don't think bird groups really have a selfish agenda here, but tower contractors and developers could.]

PETA's agenda is anti-captilization, anti-business under the guise of "protecting the environment for animals from humans." No doubt there can be well meaning bird lovers and enthusiasts out there, pure of heart and a little misguided. By and large, I believe the anti-wind farms, anti-com towers, anti-development are driven by the same type of folks that sit in trees in the redwood forests.

I qualify the above state by unequivocally acknowledging that I am no expert and am stating my opinions.
167 posted on 01/10/2007 9:06:22 AM PST by Tenacious 1 (No to nitwit jesters with a predisposition of self importance and unqualified political opinions!)
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