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Tuesday, 4 January 2011

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Canadian geese blamed for deaths of l 000's of blackbirds

People world-wide are wondering just why the thousands of red-winged blackbirds fell from the sky on Arkansas a few days ago.

Stories are being fabricated as people try to understand what exactly did happen.

The answer, according to bird-watcher, Irma Pigeon is, that whilst on their way back up north to Canada, hundreds of Canadian geese, flew through the night in an effort to return to their homes before a forecast snow storm hit.

Unfortunately, they flew into the blackbirds airspace and flying in the dark rendered the blackbirds invisible. When the hundreds of Canadian Geese flew head-on into the blackbirds the smaller birds were pummelled by the much larger Canadian Geese, who continued flying homeward oblivious to the tragedy that had just taken place.

The red-winged blackbirds had the wind knocked out of them - ribs were consequently cracked puncturing their lungs, causing internal bleeding and death. Dead birds can't fly - this is a well known scientific fact, therefore they plummeted to the earth in the thousands.

The reason this has not happened in the past is because Canadian Geese don't usually fly back up north until around the end of February but for some reason, the majority of them changed their plans this year, catching the Red-Winged blackbirds off guard.

Measures are going to be taken to see that this does not happen again in the future.

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