Birds Falling From the Sky
Seems like every time there is an unusual event, conspiracy theorists and their ilk come up with farfetched explanations. Science generally operates on the principle that the simplest explanation is generally the right one. There is no need to invoke ideas like changes in the earth's magnetic field, toxic gases, black holes, radio waves, or secret weapons to explain the thousands of birds that fell from the skies on New Year's Eve in Beebe, Arkansas a few years ago. Lightning, hail, disease, or malnutrition are more reasonable guesses, but apparently not correct either.
Many birds such as these Red-winged Blackbirds spend the winter in large flocks for safety and foraging. At night they find a place to roost together and rarely fly in the dark. Between winter weather and the scarcity of food, birds are in a fragile state. Add to that New Year's Eve fireworks. The birds are frightened and stressed, fly out from their roosting sites, unable to see well in the dark, and start to fly into each other, buildings,...
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- Should We Befriend Birds?
- Some Miscellaneous Tribulations of an Ornithologist
- Spring Comes Earlier
- Birding Apps
- Cruising With Birds
- The Hearing of Birds
- Something to Crow About
- Feeding Birds
- Egg Dumping
- The Stork
- Rictal Bristles
- Owl Attacks
- Carolina Parakeet
- The Gray Jay becomes the Canada Jay
- English Ornitholoogy
- What Are Bird Species?
- Why Don't Sleeping Birds Fall Out of Trees?
- Snakes and Birds
- Crash-Proof Glass for Birds
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