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Downtown Austin shut down after bird deaths
msnbc.msn.com ^ | 1/8/2007 | AP

Posted on 01/08/2007 7:51:22 AM PST by call meVeronica

AUSTIN, Texas - Police shut down 10 blocks of businesses in the heart of downtown Austin early Monday after dozens of birds were found dead. Experts were testing for any sort of environmental contaminant or gas or chlorine leaks that might have killed off the animals, police spokeswoman Toni Chovanetz said. There were no reports of any humans harmed, but a 10-block stretch of the main north-south route through downtown, several side streets and all buildings in the area were blocked off and expected to remain off-limits until about noon, Chovanetz said. The bird carcasses were found overnight along Congress Avenue between Sixth and Eighth streets. The street closure Monday morning stretched from the front of the state Capitol to a section of the Colorado River known as Town Lake. There was no immediate word on whether the Capitol would be affected Monday, the day before the legislative session was to begin.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: austin; birds; keepaustinweird; terrorism; texas
It will be interesting to watch what this turns out to be.
1 posted on 01/08/2007 7:51:24 AM PST by call meVeronica
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To: call meVeronica

Presidents Bush's fault


2 posted on 01/08/2007 7:53:33 AM PST by JoanneSD
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To: call meVeronica

Another gas leak?


3 posted on 01/08/2007 7:53:59 AM PST by jdm
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To: call meVeronica

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1764068/posts

Hope these are not related.


4 posted on 01/08/2007 7:54:16 AM PST by DBrow
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To: nw_arizona_granny; Velveeta; Cindy; Dr. Eckleburg; flutters; genefromjersey; Ptarmigan

ping


5 posted on 01/08/2007 7:55:00 AM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: DBrow

obviously NY City birds have more tolerance for bad odor vs the Austin birds


6 posted on 01/08/2007 7:55:14 AM PST by Flavius (Qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum)
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To: Flavius

Was Helen Thomas in town?


7 posted on 01/08/2007 7:56:14 AM PST by johnny7 ("We took a hell of a beating." -'Vinegar Joe' Stilwell)
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To: JoanneSD

If this turns out to be a malicious situation where either an illegal alien or terrorist who walked across the Mexican border since Jan. 2001...you're damn right it's his fault.


8 posted on 01/08/2007 7:58:19 AM PST by rvoitier (Democrat Party, not Democratic Party.)
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To: call meVeronica
The PBR (Professional Bullriding) has been in NYC this weekend, could it be the smell of bull sh*t that NYers are smelling? They obviously don't recognize the smell of political bs, maybe they can smell the real thing.
9 posted on 01/08/2007 7:59:26 AM PST by Ditter
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To: call meVeronica

When the canary dies.......


10 posted on 01/08/2007 8:00:51 AM PST by RightResponse (It depends on what the defamation of Islam is .....)
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To: call meVeronica

Maybe some little boy got a RED RIDER RANGE MODEL BB GUN from Santa.


11 posted on 01/08/2007 8:05:20 AM PST by NavyCanDo
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To: call meVeronica
The article doesn't say what kind of birds were found dead.

Seeing as it is in a downtown area my guess is that a exterminator put out some poison grain to kill feral pidgins and sparrows that were causing problems at one of the buildings.
12 posted on 01/08/2007 8:06:02 AM PST by Beagle8U
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To: call meVeronica
Here is the thread I posted earlier today from the KLBJ radio site. There are several replies with more info posted thru the replies.

A strange discovery this morning in downtown Austin. (TX)

13 posted on 01/08/2007 8:17:35 AM PST by Arrowhead1952 (The terrorists have many allies in the United States, especially in the democrat party.)
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To: call meVeronica
They didn't say.

Pigeons or Grackles?

I suspect that a business owner that is having to fix his/her building due to the weight of the bird droppings has taken measures to protect his asset in the future.

Since birds ignore the posted signs about where to eat and poop, they are probably eating something tainted with Strychnine (sp?).
14 posted on 01/08/2007 8:19:41 AM PST by Tenacious 1 (No to nitwit jesters with a predisposition of self importance and unqualified political opinions!)
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To: Beagle8U
Seeing as it is in a downtown area my guess is that a exterminator put out some poison grain to kill feral pidgins and sparrows that were causing problems at one of the buildings.

You're right. It's not unusual for building maintenance folks to put poison on a roof to reduce the pigeon population. It may not be legal, but I think that it is fairly common.

15 posted on 01/08/2007 8:25:27 AM PST by ExtremeUnction
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To: call meVeronica

I'm in Dallas and going there Feb 3rd. I hope it is nothing serious.


16 posted on 01/08/2007 8:46:08 AM PST by Halls (God, please grant me the serenity to accept what I can not change....)
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To: Beagle8U

I did some research on this, and SEVERAL articles (none posted here) state the types of birds as being pigeons, grackles, and sparrows.


17 posted on 01/08/2007 8:53:16 AM PST by Rick.Donaldson (http://realitycheck.blogsome.com)
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To: call meVeronica
Indexing RELATED threads:
Downtown Austin shut down after bird deaths
  Posted by call meVeronica
On News/Activism 01/08/2007 7:51:22 AM PST · 16 replies · 681+ views


msnbc.msn.com ^ | 1/8/2007 | AP
 

A strange discovery this morning in downtown Austin. (TX)
  Posted by Arrowhead1952
On News/Activism 01/08/2007 4:39:56 AM PST · 145 replies · 4,037+ views


KLBJ News ^ | 1/8/2007 | n/a

18 posted on 01/08/2007 9:03:24 AM PST by RonDog
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To: call meVeronica

here's an update:

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


19 posted on 01/08/2007 9:25:09 AM PST by sasha123 (Jack's Back - 1/14)
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To: call meVeronica

Well, the weather there is 53F, clear skies, low humidity (35%) and light and variable winds, mostly calm; an upper air chart might likely show a near surface inversion which would would tend to hold any escaping gasses down close to the ground.

There is no sounding on Unisys for Austin but the rest of Texas has a strong inversion up to about 2,000 meters above the surface.


20 posted on 01/08/2007 9:29:55 AM PST by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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To: sasha123
I am downtown and it is screwed things up bad.

The 60 birds were both grackles and pigeons - no great loss since there are gazillions of them.

I suspect they were poisoned. On the other hand, maybe some kingpin grackle convinced the others to drink kool-aid ala Jim Jones.

21 posted on 01/08/2007 9:30:31 AM PST by daniel boob (ISLAM - The New Communism)
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To: Ditter

Did you see Guiliani in his urban cowboy attire on PBR Sunday? Pathetic.


22 posted on 01/08/2007 9:30:56 AM PST by stainlessbanner
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To: call meVeronica

There are more humane methods to deter birds from roosting on rooftops and public buildings, other than poisening them. Once can set up a network of spikes on the landing sites, also an electrified network to deter them.


23 posted on 01/08/2007 9:34:25 AM PST by Ciexyz (Remembering President Gerald Ford with respect.)
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To: DBrow
The best guess at this time is that Michael Moore is either in New York or Texas and he farted.
24 posted on 01/08/2007 9:38:21 AM PST by American Vet Repairman (Liberalism has killed more Americans than the Taliban)
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To: call meVeronica

I'm guessing they were poisoned. This happend in Springfield, Missouri several years ago. They were all pigeons and the carcasses were everywhere. They are a major source of disease and won't be missed.


25 posted on 01/08/2007 9:52:13 AM PST by RichardW
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To: Calpernia

Thanks for the ping. Please let me know if you have an update as to the cause.


26 posted on 01/08/2007 10:07:16 AM PST by flutters (God Bless The USA)
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To: daniel boob

since you are there, can you keep us updated? That would be great...thx


27 posted on 01/08/2007 10:18:20 AM PST by sasha123 (Jack's Back - 1/14)
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To: ExtremeUnction

"You're right. It's not unusual for building maintenance folks to put poison on a roof to reduce the pigeon population. It may not be legal, but I think that it is fairly common."

I don't know if I'm right, but it is common. Its often done over the weekend when few would notice and they would show up dead a day or so later.


28 posted on 01/08/2007 1:11:00 PM PST by Beagle8U
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To: daniel boob

where was Leslie?


29 posted on 01/08/2007 1:49:42 PM PST by Republican Party Reptile
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To: stainlessbanner

No I missed that, I'm glad to say, but I salute him for trying. LOL!


30 posted on 01/08/2007 2:48:01 PM PST by Ditter
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To: Republican Party Reptile
where was Leslie?

Didn't Leslie go to the great nudist hippie place in the sky awhile back?

31 posted on 01/08/2007 3:09:12 PM PST by Tall_Texan (NO McCain, Rudy, Romney, Hillary, Kerry, Obama or Gore in 2008!)
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To: call meVeronica

Global Warming. They died from heat stroke.


32 posted on 01/08/2007 3:10:53 PM PST by Cementjungle
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To: Tall_Texan
Don't think so. Austin would come to a screeching halt if we lost Leslie.

Probably bury him right between Ann Richards and Bob Bullock.

33 posted on 01/08/2007 3:17:32 PM PST by txhurl
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To: Beagle8U

That's what it made me think of. I remember they did this in Midland years ago when we lived there. It dropped those birds dead as doornails (this was pigeons).
I hope that's what it is. My son who works in downtown Austin called me this evening, saying it was pretty spooky.
susie


34 posted on 01/08/2007 6:12:49 PM PST by brytlea (amnesty--an act of clemency by an authority by which pardon is granted esp. to a group of individual)
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To: daniel boob

Grackles really are a menace. Icky birds.
susie


35 posted on 01/08/2007 6:14:56 PM PST by brytlea (amnesty--an act of clemency by an authority by which pardon is granted esp. to a group of individual)
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To: Calpernia

Thanks, bump.


36 posted on 01/09/2007 8:11:26 PM PST by nw_arizona_granny (Pray for peace, but prepare for the worst disaster. Protect you loved ones.)
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