Arkansas game officials probe mystery of falling birds
January 2nd, 2011
09:10 PM ET

Arkansas game officials probe mystery of falling birds

Arkansas game officials hope testing scheduled to begin Monday will solve the mystery of why up to 5,000 birds fell from the sky just before midnight New Year's Eve.

The birds - most of which were dead - were red-winged blackbirds and starlings, and they were found within a one-mile area of Beebe, about 40 miles northeast of Little Rock, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission said. Birds fell over about a one-mile area, the commission said in a statement.

As of Saturday, between 4,000 and 5,000 birds had been found dead, the commission's Keith Stephens said.

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  1. aaron

    This is exactly what happened in the series called "Flash Forward", it was down to the Government and some of secret machine that allows them to look into the future!!???

    January 3, 2011 at 6:01 am | Report abuse |
  2. skeptic

    anybody ever consider that massive tornado swooped them up.. fried their insides and they fell as a result of that.

    January 3, 2011 at 6:30 am | Report abuse |
    • renee belden

      If he tornado killed the birds then why only black birds and starlings.They got ducks bats owls humming birds and tons others.Also the bodies are not all busted up.The one black bird they found alive was lathargic and walked in a circle unable to fly,but it's wings are not injured.It sounds like a neurotoxin to me

      January 3, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  3. Martina C

    Dont you think its a bit weird how all the birds were red-winged blackbirds and starlings.
    Is that the only birds you get down there.

    January 3, 2011 at 6:52 am | Report abuse |
  4. Samantha

    Wow, how strange! Very creepy. . .

    January 3, 2011 at 6:58 am | Report abuse |
  5. Martina C

    But there again it could be a bird version of the series 4400.
    They were taken and now sent back, most of them with powers to prevent a catastrophe from happening.
    They better watch out as all the birds are going to wake up soon and thats where things will start to happen.
    So glad im in london right now.

    January 3, 2011 at 7:00 am | Report abuse |
  6. skeptic

    No we have other birds but we get plenty of those.. they are actually a nuisance bird.. I am from North Louisiana and can tell you that we get plenty of those blackbirds down here in the thousands. They will block out the sun and cover your yard in a sea of black.

    January 3, 2011 at 7:00 am | Report abuse |
  7. ThomasD

    I wondered about that too, Martina. Thier theories about this don't really hold up. Fireworks? I don't see it. Why primarily one species?

    January 3, 2011 at 7:00 am | Report abuse |
    • JustMe

      Not that strange... most birds travel in flocks with their own kind. It sounds like a flock or two went down while it was in flight. Why? I don't know, but it would be a lot weirder if it was a bunch of different types of birds. One or two species makes a lot more sense.

      January 3, 2011 at 7:13 am | Report abuse |
  8. Martina C

    Remember The Mayan Calendar states the world will come to an end on the 21st december 2012 so it gives these birds 2 years to try and save us and our world, oh crap

    January 3, 2011 at 7:14 am | Report abuse |
  9. Martina C

    what do other people think?

    January 3, 2011 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
  10. mary-sue

    It's possible that gases had escaped in to the air and killed the birds. poor birdies. Not good!! dead fill and birds,

    January 3, 2011 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
  11. Kenneth Andrew peterson

    SOME ONE JUST THINK I HAVE 10 POSABLE DEATHS BUT JUST THINK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ( hits head on desk )OCH!!!!!!!

    January 3, 2011 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  12. pgizzy

    it was a ufo. Lot of sightings around texas and arkansas. Government want say anything about it.

    January 3, 2011 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  13. apocalypse

    it was one of the seven signs.

    January 3, 2011 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  14. Joey

    This Anrgy Birds craze is out of control.

    January 3, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Tanya

    just did a google search on USDA and redwing blackbirds. very disturbing if this is true.

    January 3, 2011 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
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