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Why All Those Blackbirds Died on New Year’s Eve

Posted on Jan 3, 2011
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It wasn’t the sort of auspicious and augury-tinged event the folks of Beebe, Ark., wanted to have happen on New Year’s Eve, but it’s looking like the freak accident involving anywhere from 1,000-5,000 blackbirds dropping dead at once might be explained in mundane terms.  —KA

The Wall Street Journal:

A rain of dead and injured red-winged blackbirds that fell over an Arkansas town on New Year’s Eve was likely caused by a booming noise, potentially from fireworks, state officials said Monday.

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By Bicardi151, January 6, 2011 at 8:47 am Link to this comment
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I think the birds were probably killed by the ” Blunt force trauma ” when they hit the ground! I think they were probably knocked out by some sort of ultrasonic sound wave ( government?? ) It will be interesting to see if any other spieces show up dead in the next few days and/or if it happens in any other parts of the world! Surely we don’t think that the International Space Station is only up there to do research that doesn’t include new types of weapons!! With our advances in technology surely we can project sound waves and light beams from space to pinpoint locations on earth. Anyone who believes otherwise is simply foolish!!

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By PatrickHenry, January 5, 2011 at 10:02 pm Link to this comment

Adam Turetzky,

Pine Bluff Arsenal, yes, I find that the most likely scenario.

The dead birds, the dead fish and Pine Bluff chemical weapons storage all along the Arkansas river.


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By easy, January 5, 2011 at 1:00 pm Link to this comment
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It’s pretty simple. BP Oil spill. Domino effect. duh.

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By Adam Turetzky, January 5, 2011 at 5:26 am Link to this comment
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What’s beginning to come to light but not widely reported is what just happens to
be up the river a piece from Bebee, AK. And that is Pine Bluff, AK which is home to

Hmmm, I wonder if the events could be related? wink

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By rico, suave, January 4, 2011 at 10:47 pm Link to this comment

Well Queenie, I am an animal, as are you. Unless you’re one of those wacko fundie Christians who thinks humans are a thing apart from the animal kingdom.

We have been inundated by microwave energy for decades now. You are the only person on the planet who gets nauseated by a cellphone. Well actually I do too, but only because of their obnoxious ringtones, not because of the microwaves. And “smart” electric meters cause illness??? Then programable thermostats cause illness, too. Are you nuts?

And if weapons systems are secret, how do you know the government is coming up with them?

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By truthnowx, January 4, 2011 at 9:07 pm Link to this comment

Fireworks on New Year’s Eve happen across the USA every year- Why New Year’s Eve last year and only in Arkansas? And also Forth of July should be worse. If the fireworks caused it then we should have this kind of problem long time ago.
Disneyland- almost every night shoots Fireworks every night in Anaheim, CA- I don’t see any dead birds.
Why only Blackbirds with red wings? How come other birds didn’t die out of shock? Please explain to us- to the public.

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By Queenie, January 4, 2011 at 8:44 pm Link to this comment


Good snark!

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By kerryrose, January 4, 2011 at 8:20 pm Link to this comment

The creepy thing about thousands of birds dying in two places in Arkansas is that thousands and thousands of fish have washed up dead in Arkansas a few days ago.

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By Queenie, January 4, 2011 at 8:09 pm Link to this comment

Unless you are an animal, Rico,suave, you have no idea what an animal “feels” any more than the man in the moon. Here in Maine the forced installation of smart meters has caused people to become ill. Not ALL people, but people who are sensitive to wireless technology. Myself, I can’t be around a cell tower or use any wireless devices like cell phones. The industry brags that this emission of pulses can go through mountains. They certainly cause headaches and nausea.
Science has come up with a theory that has yet to be disproved that cell phones and the growing use of wireless technology has decimated the bee population. The bees cannot find their way back to the hive. They become disoriented.

Add to that the fact that our government is always coming up with new weapon systems that remain secret. If an “accident” happened we would never know the cause.

I have read that the over use of a cell phone, held directly on the ear could have been the cause of the brain cancer that killed Ted Kennedy.

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By surfnow, January 4, 2011 at 7:59 pm Link to this comment

Well we know for sure what its not: air or water pollution, or chemical contamination from pesticides or insecticides, because none of those things exist now or ever existed.In fact I no longer believe there ever was an oil spill in the Gulf. It’s all just left wing conspiracy theory.

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By rico, suave, January 4, 2011 at 6:21 pm Link to this comment

Bad guess Queenie. EMPs can’t be “felt” by animals any more than any radio signal. Although you may be affected by it in the long term, you can’t “feel” an xray when your getting it for instance. The blunt force trauma experienced by these birds was caused by a mechanical shock of some kind- a sound pulse or contact with the ground as they fell dead from some other cause. One guy thinks the birds may have flown into a hail storm- far fetched, but possible.

purplewolf: “When it comes to government and its answers,trust no one.” Yet you do, over and over and over. You trust government to house, educate, heal and protect you from mean people. Am I wrong?

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By purplewolf, January 4, 2011 at 5:27 pm Link to this comment

Rollzone: So they all have the same expiration date? I don’t think so.

Queenie: You may be closer to the truth. Take that giant Raytheon ray gun that the Bush administration era used and now is being sold to prisons in this country to use on the unruly. Could be an EMP or maybe they finally have perfected a new “weapon” that hones in one one species at a time to take them out. Probably has deep roots with Haliburton and Cheney. They will target one gender,race,affliction,factors like being gay(they are born that way,certain medical conditions or health problems and other things the PTB feel are unworthy to live in their so called perfect world they are trying to force into existence.Not unlike Hitler and his master race.

As for the over 100K drum fish die off, fracking might explain it, but if that is the answer, why only did the drum fish die and not other kinds of fish also, like over 99% of the same species of birds dying off. If this is so, they would have dies closer or on July 4 th as much more fireworks go on at that time compared to New Years Eve.

When it comes to government and its answers,trust no one.

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By wikilrelais FR, January 4, 2011 at 2:12 pm Link to this comment

Could it be related to
extraction of shale gas in Arkansas ??
see gasland documentary.

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By wikilrelais FR, January 4, 2011 at 1:59 pm Link to this comment

Could it be related to shale gaz and hydraulic fracturing practised in ARKANSAS and especially Fayetteville ? Beebe is not far away.
see too : 
‘Gasland’ Documentary Shows Water That Burns, Toxic Effects Of Natural Gas Drilling (VIDEO)
AP / Huffington Post First Posted: 06-21-10 03:21 PM   |  Updated: 08-21-10 05:12 AM

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By steele505, January 4, 2011 at 1:47 pm Link to this comment

Nearby Little Rock Air Force Base may have the answer. I remember a winter in Memphis years ago where I noticed tons of blackbirds lying in a ditch near the airport. It seems that the airport authorities had somehow sprayed the birds with a substance that caused them to freeze to death. They evidently routinely kill birds near airports to keep them from being sucked into jet engines. Maybe the air force now uses some new type of sonic weapon to knock the birds down?

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By rollzone, January 4, 2011 at 1:37 pm Link to this comment

hello. i am pretty certain if you were to just check on
all of them, that they had reached their expiration

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By Queenie, January 4, 2011 at 12:47 pm Link to this comment

My guess, and it really is anyone’s guess at this point, is that it was a pulse in the electromagnetical field caused by wireless technology.

Smart meters coming to your town. Mandated for the new “smart” grid.

Goodbye birds and bees.

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By Lewis Banelis, January 4, 2011 at 11:01 am Link to this comment
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I think someone ought to look at a possible toxic connection
like contaminated water or some chemicals in the environment.

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By bubbabirdman, January 4, 2011 at 10:52 am Link to this comment
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Karen Rowe, ornithologist with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commnission has theorized that the massive kill of the red-winged blackbirds in Beebe, AR may be the result of fireworks.  To me this is simply ludacris.  What about other birds that commonly flock with red-winged blackbirds.. brown headed cowbirds, common grackles, brewers blackbirds, european starlings just to name a few.
If this tragedy is not due to poisoning, fireworks, or inclimate weather, then, to what can this oddity be attributed?  And then, there is a massive fish kill.  Some bloggers are suggesting a bibical connection.  Well, who really knows?
I am not a degree educated ornithologist, but I have been an avid birder for more than 50 years, so this incident to me is really bizarre.  This may be one of those events that may never be explained by science, nor heavenly conjecture.
Let’s just hope that this type of event never happens again.
Charlie - aka Bubba Birdman

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By jabura, January 4, 2011 at 9:57 am Link to this comment

I have to agree with the other comments which in essence say that to believe this BS about fireworks or other loud noises being the source of the dead birds (and how about the fish kill in Arkansas too?) is just too ludicrous to believe.  Bhopal is the first thing that comes to mind for me, but then the question is why only one type of fish?  I have read that there were Grackles and Starlings as well as Blackbirds, but that these species do flock together.  Hope somebody digs a bit deeper and asks more penetrating questions than just parroting what the mainstream news organizations are swallowing whole.  This article may have been a better link to provide than the WSJ.

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By PatrickHenry, January 4, 2011 at 7:32 am Link to this comment

It was a sign that the Orioles will win the Pennant.


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By Adam Turetzky, January 4, 2011 at 1:19 am Link to this comment
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Wow, it’s amazing any birds are left after the first celebration of the July 4th

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By welcome2wonderworld, January 4, 2011 at 12:42 am Link to this comment
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Wow garsh I guess the only place in amerika to shoot
off fireworks was arkansauce!!!!  Alls of yall are piss
poor patriots!!  Next year I expects to see dead birds
in every major amerikan city!  TRUTHDIG YOUR MUNDANE
AS THE FASCISTS ON CNN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

PS:  Stop asking me for money.  Your not worth a penny.

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By G.Anderson, January 4, 2011 at 12:24 am Link to this comment

How gullible can you be? They don’t know what caused it, and haven’t a clue. So,
swallow hard accept their B.S, and go back to sleep.

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By Carlton Flowers, January 3, 2011 at 11:07 pm Link to this comment
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Okay that is just plain strange. I would have a hard time believing that a loud sound could kill that many birds, even though the SPL (sound pressure level) of certain sources can in fact damage structures or break glass. But birds? BIRDS? REALLY???

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