Redwing blackbirds drop from sky in Arkansas, Kentucky and Louisana

Scientific cat is looking for what caused the falling birds, dead fish, and loud booms. Photo Credit: Feeling boxed in some days by Nina Matthews Photography on flickr cc

What caused 5,000 Redwing blackbirds to suddenly die and fall from the sky shortly before midnight on 12/31/2010?

This story has captured many people’s interest around the world. It is bizarre and true and seems to be right out of a science fiction movie.

CNN: Dead birds fall from sky in Arkansas

In addition to the Redwing Blackbirds in Arkansas there are other reports of smaller numbers of Redwing blackbirds that fell dead in Marshall County, Kentucky around Christmas, 12/25/2010. Here is a posting about the incident:

More Dead Birds Found In Kentucky AND La. Identical To Birds in Arkansas – Media Downplays Find

Then, according to this article from CNN more dead birds were found around the same time in Labarre, Louisiana:

“In a seemingly separate incident, some 500 red-winged blackbirds, starlings and grackles were found dead in southern Louisiana in Labarre.”

Channel 2, ABC, WBRZ Over 500 Dead redwing blackbirds and starlings in Labarre LA in addition to those in Beebe, Arkansas


According to CNN the birds near Beebe, Arkansas exhibited the following physical trauma to their bodies:

“Keith Stephens, a spokesman for the commission, said the birds showed evidence of trauma in the breast tissue, with blood clots in the body cavity and a lot of internal bleeding. All major organs were normal.”

Possible Causes provided by various authorities include:

1.  Winter stress caused by changes in weather patterns could have damaged the birds.

2.  The Birds were disoriented and flew into objects and died.


Is there another explanation?

Other strange happenings that occurred the same night the birds suddenly dropped from the sky:

According to CNN in the same article referenced above:

“Blackbirds do not normally fly at night, and it was not immediately clear what caused the odd behavior. Loud noises were reported shortly before the birds began falling, according to the game and fish commission.”

Let’s explore the “loud noises” some people heard.

What exactly were these loud noises?

The Australian news article stated loud booms were heard in Beebe, Arkansas on New Year’s Eve, 12/31/10:

A local resident reported hearing about 20 loud booms on Saturday night – which could have been fireworks or a cannon to get rid of nuisance birds – and saw a huge flock of frantic birds when he went outside.

Various possible explanations from local authorities include:

1.  Thunder

2.  Noise from fireworks going off for New Year’s Eve

3. Cannon shots

Other possible explanations:

In addition to the “loud booms” heard in Beebe, Arkansas, one person on You-Tube claimed he heard 3 booms 10-15 minutes apart that sounded like a deep cannon. He was located in Indiana somewhere and his friend 1,000 miles away heard similar deep booms “at the exact same time” in North Carolina. The person on You-Tube claims it sounded like the boom came from above. He wondered if there was some kind of test in the atmosphere going on that caused the booms.

Location of Large Booms heard around New Year’s Eve 12/31/10 and 1/1/11:

Booms heard in Arkansas, Indiana and North Carolina 12_31_10 and 1_1_11

Booms heard in Arkansas, Indiana and North Carolina 12_31_10 and 1_1_11


In other News about Birds found dead around the world, here’s a video about massive amounts of dead birds found in Argentina between 1/1/2011 and 1/2/2011:


In addition to the dead bird phenomena occurring in Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana and Argentina, fish died too:

100,000 Dead Drum Fish in Arkansas around 12/30/2010

In another bizarre twist, 100,000 or more drum fish washed up on the shores of the Arkansas River in a 20-mile area near Ozark, AK, which is approximately 125 miles Northwest of where the Redwing Blackbirds fell from the sky in Beebe, AK.

According to various news reports, the dead fish began washing up on the banks of the Arkansas River near Ozark, AK, on Thursday, 12/30/2010. As of 1/2/2011 wild life experts claim over 100,000 drum fish died of unknown causes. An investigation is underway to determine, the cause of the death of the fish. The following Mobile Report by 4029TV aired on December 30, 2010.

Mobile Report: Department Of Health Warns About Fish Kill

The unusual aspect of the fish deaths is that it seemed to affect only one specific species of fish in the river, Drum Fish. Why this particular fish? They use their bodies to make a drumming or croaking sound in the water.

Are all these Events Connected in Some Way?

Are the strange deaths of the birds in Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana and Argentina related? Are the bird deaths related in some way to the 100,000 fish deaths in the 20-mile area of the Arkansas river?

Are the mysterious atmospheric booms heard around the same time in Beebe, Arkansas, somewhere in Indiana and somewhere in North Carolina all related to the same source? Is there some weird connection to all these events or are they just coincidental and unrelated?

What do you think?

Dead birds in Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana and Argentina + 100,000 dead fish in Ozark, Arkansas between 12/30/10-1/1/11

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