Birds Fall From Sky in Arkansas: A Bad Omen for 2011? (Video)

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If a single dead bird is a bad omen, then what are the 1,000 dead birds that fell from the sky in Arkansas this past weekend? It's especially frightening on New Year's Day -- a day that is already fraught with meaning. What does that say about the year to come?

Different news reports have different numbers, but the number of birds that fell was well over 1,000 according to most, and there's still no good explanation. Pretty terrifying, really. The birds had fallen Friday night over a 1-mile area of Beebe, Arkansas, and an aerial survey indicated that no other dead birds were found outside of that area. According to The Huffington Post:

The workers from U.S. Environmental Services started the cleanup Saturday ... The workers wore the suits as a matter of routine and not out of fear that the birds might be contaminated. Speculation on the cause is not focusing on disease or poisoning.

A thousand dead birds on the first day of the new year (1/1/11). Does anyone else think this is a bad omen?

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC) began receiving reports about dead birds at 11:30pm on New Year's Eve. "I thought the mayor was messing with me when he called me," Milton McCullar, a town street supervisor, told local television station, according to Time. "He got me up at 4'oclock in the morning and told me we had birds falling out of the sky."

It's also not the only strange thing in the area. Near Little Rock, Arkansas, more than 100,000 fish were also killed by something in the Arkansas River. Although CNN reports that the two aren't related, there does seem to be something fishy (pun intended). But what?

Is this merely a coincidence? Or a religious thing? With the proximity to the new year, it would be easy to read into the death of so many blackbirds, which are traditionally a good omen if alive and also carry with them a bit of otherworldly power (according to superstition). What does it mean when they drop out of the sky by the thousands?

Only time will tell, of course, but it's a bit uneasy to start to a time of the year that's usually filled with such promise and hope. Our new beginning came at the end for more than 1,000 birds. And while time and the way we mark it is merely a construct, it's still an unsettling way to start 2011.

What do you think it means?


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Cafe Amy Cafe Amy

So bizarre!

nonmember avatar Ash

The local news is reporting that the birds died from blunt force trauma to internal organs, which sounds like it could be hail to me. And it wasn't only blackbirds, there was a duck and some other species thrown in there but it's more shocking to hear "5000 BLACKBIRDS FALL DEAD OUT OF THE SKY"

Memigen Memigen

Makes me wonder if this is someone creating their own new chemical to kill people (as in terrorist attacks) and they just wanted to test it and see if it worked and could be detected. Creepy.

Mary Brown

IT THE END .WE HAVE BETTER GET RIGHT WITH GOD.
TIME IS @ THE END.GOD IS VERY UN HAPPY WITH THIS WORLD.IF YOU DON'T KNOW HIM & HAVE NOT LET HIM IN YOU'R LIFE.U BETTER THINK !
GOD BLESS U. ITS' TIME 2 GIVE UR LIFE 2 HIM.

Jason Potvin


And what does this suggest about mankind’s ability to equally withstand internal or exogenous shocks that come and go? After all if birds and fish that have been around for millions and millions of years are coming to peril how are we as humans to withstand an unlikely series of humans suddenly falling dead whilst walking down the sidewalk?


 


http://scallywagandvagabond.com/2011/01/what-caused-4000-red-winged-blackbirds-to-plummet-their-death/


Carrie Humphrey

I live in this town and I promise that there is no toxic chemicals,and the world isn't ending here yet.There were tornadoes that evening but they were quite a ways away from us in Beebe.This small town is crawling with reporters and scientists.It is the main topic of conversation though.

Lea N' Geo

From what I heard the reason there was so many of them is they were all flying together probably migrating and they got hit by either a lightning storm way up there or hail or something.....why must we always make it something political or biblical??!!Lets wait and see what the autopsy shows.  And Happy New Year!! :) 

Migdalia Martinez

In my opininon it is a sign.remember it was just one type of birds and one type of fish that died. what are the odds of that regardless if it was a tornado, polluted air,contaminated water.That to me is a warning that we all must chnage are ways
you know who you are? forgive, let go of hate,stop being selfish and greedy. help others, etc then maybe the world can change alittle bit at a time if we all try. I am not saying to fear that's the point we shouldn't we need to stand still and believe in our hearts that there is a god and regardless of all the evil around us we wont be moved. we stand still and wait for your savior. hope this helps! god bless us all.

Carrie Humphrey

sure....after i finish pickin up bird corpes im all over that....

Kevin Seda

ITS A SIGN!!! THE BIBLE EVEN SAYS BIRDS WILL FROM THE SKY. ONE BAD BIRD IS BAD OMEN. BUT NOW OVER 5000 BIRDS? THIS IS A SIGN AND WE MUST CHANGE OUR WAYS BEFORE OUR FATHER PUNISHES US MORE WE DESERVE WHAT WE HAD COMING. IM SORRY FATHER. BLESS US ALL!!

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