Veterinarian: Power line to blame for Louisiana bird kill

450 birds died near Baton Rouge days after about 3,000 blackbirds fell from the sky in central Arkansas


JANET McCONNAUGHEY
January 5, 2011 2:52AM (UTC)

Louisiana's state wildlife veterinarian says at least some of an estimated 450 birds that died near Baton Rouge may have flown into a power line.

Jim LaCour said Tuesday the grackles, starlings, brown-headed cowbirds and red-winged blackbirds had broken beaks and backs. He says some live birds had broken wings but ran too fast to catch.

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The bird deaths Monday came a few days after about 3,000 blackbirds fell from the sky in central Arkansas. Scientists there say celebratory fireworks on New Year's Eve likely sent the birds into such a tizzy that they crashed into homes, cars and each other before plummeting to their deaths.

Officials say such massive wildlife kills are not uncommon.


JANET McCONNAUGHEY

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