Thousands of blackbirds fell from the sky, right after New Year's, in Arkansas. Image Source: CNN.
It would be nice if the news headlines were slightly less random and apocalyptic. Take yesterday's two bizarre reports coming out of Arkansas. One report (here, among other places) stated that some 5,000 blackbirds had fallen, dead, from the sky for no apparent reason. Another report (here) stated that 100,000 fish in the Arkansas River have just turned up dead and are washing up on the state's beaches.
(Addendum: for my list of all recent bird and fish deaths, go here.)
Video Source: Today's THV.
From the latter report:
Arkansas Game & Fish is trying to figure out why 100,000 fish in Northwest Arkansas turned up dead. They were found along a 20-mile stretch between the Ozark Dam and Highway 109 Bridge in Franklin County. The 20-mile stretch along the Arkansas River where an estimated 100,000 drum fish were found washed ashore and floating looks much different now. Keith Stephens with Game and Fish explains, "We got a call last week from a tug boat operator that found the fish out on the river along the bank, in the river channel and we immediately dispatched somebody to the area to take a look." Investigators from local and state agencies took samples from the affected area. Stephens says fish kills occur every year, but the magnitude of this one is unusual, and disease could be the cause. A pollutant would have affected cross species. Stephens says, "Ninety-nine percent of them were Drum, which is a bottom feeder. It's not a game fish in Arkansas."