MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The head of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resource’s non-game wildlife division says a combination of factors may have caused the mysterious deaths of 3,000 birds in Arkansas.

Carrol Henderson said it’s important to note that redwing blackbirds aren’t used to flying at night.

“Whether it be thunder or fireworks or something that might have flushed that entire wintering colony of blackbirds in the middle of the night, they would have no ability to see well at night,” he said. “They’re not a nocturnal species.”

But Henderson said the subsequent cause of physical trauma to the birds is still a mystery. He said there have been cases in Minnesota where pelicans and geese were knocked out of the sky by hail, but there’s no indication that’s what happened in Arkansas.

NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s John Hines Reports

Comments (6)
  1. Allah Is Coming To Town says:

    It was over 5000 birds that dropped from the sky. And the government employees who cleaned up the birds wore HazMat suits? Really? And over 100,000 fish washed up on a shore of a river at the same time? Really? Fireworks? Hail? Something smells fishy here…no pun attended…

    1. Opis says:

      Two reasons for Hazmat suits- if it was a pathogen elated event, there is a possibility it could be transmitted to humans. Also- to prevent contamination of the corpses with anything carried by the workers. You would volunteer to go out and pick them up without some kind of protection? These are gummint employees, boy!

  2. Diane Griffis says:

    Maybe it was a weather balloon ! Oh wait the gov’t has already used that one ! Hey, here’s a novel idea, why don’t you try the truth? We can handle the truth, can the gov/t? Doubt it!

  3. jonny says:

    Hopefully Julian Assange gets some sort of leak on this. The government will never say what it was even if they know.

  4. D says:

    We are all going to die. Get -er – done. Kill your self now and stop the fear.

  5. B. Wellumson says:

    Red-wing Blackbirds:
    I don’t know what happened in AK. But I have NO red-wing blackbirds here this year for the first time in over 17 years. There are usually up to a dozen claiming territory over the local ponds across the street from me. None this year.

    Has anyone else noticed this?

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