Wednesday, January 12, 2011

More than 100 dead birds found off Calif. highway

RANDI ROSSMANN - While scientists and specialists are investigating why massive numbers of birds have dropped dead from the sky elsewhere in the country, Sonoma County now has its own bird deaths mystery to solve, reported the CHP.

More than 100 birds were found dead Saturday afternoon clustered on the ground off of Highway 101, south of Geyserville, Officer Jon Sloat reported Monday.

Officers responded to Independence Lane at about 2:30 p.m. Saturday and found dozens of birds dead on and around the roadway.

The California Department of Fish and Game was notified and a local warden responded. He took several of the birds away to be identified and tested by a biologist, Sloat said.

The birds all appeared to be the same type, small with feathers in brown and black, according to photos taken by officers.

The birds hadn't been shot and most were intact, officers reported.

What caused the deaths wasn't clear Saturday.

Immediate attempts to reach Fish and Game were not successful.

One theory was that the birds were hit by a semi truck, but that was just speculation and perhaps unlikely given the large number of birds, officers reported.

Much larger cases of birds dying at the same time have occurred recently in Arkansas and Louisiana.

On New Year's Eve as many as 5,000 red-winged blackbirds fell from the sky in Central Arkansas.

More recently, about 500 birds were found in Pointe Coupee Parish in Louisiana, about 300 miles from the Arkansas bird deaths.

Scientists and wildlife officials are attempting to determine what happened.

via SF Gate | More than 100 dead birds found off Calif. highway.

Oxygen depletion? Running into large invisible ships that are flying around undetected?


Mirlen101 said...

Hmm seems to be a pattern to most of these . According to the dead zone maps most are on the eastern cost of USA , Australia , South America . Then both sides of Europe but still mostly coastal. That puts the center in the Atlantic ocean ? If you draw lines radiating inward from each point .Seems to be more to this than low oxygen or extreme cold weather. Very strange indeed ! But there does seem to be an obvious pattern ! Check out all the bird and fish deaths on a map !

Mirlen101 said...

Looking at it again it does seem to follow cold weather winds coming from the north going southeast hitting east coasts. I'm sure there must be many more deaths towards the north eastern regions . It's just that those areas tend to be less inhabited . So there isn't many people to report any mass bird or fish deaths . A tree falling in the woods with no one to hear it ;-)

Ian C said...

Also check for antipodal synchronisities?

Ian C said...

I am going to say that perhaps CERN could account for this lol

Mirlen101 said...

Thanks for the info .Seems to be a trend as far as times and locations on some but not others .Don't recall this happening in the past when there was a cold spell . Not in this sudden way . Birds falling out of the sky that is .
OMG ! it really is the end of the world ! We're all doomed ! Let me know when you see the four horsemen ! ;-( Maybe the Aliens will save us at the last minute ! ;-)Probably not though . They are probably buying front row tickets ! ;-/

Ann said...

Anyone check exactly how much oxygen is in the atmosphere lately? It's supposed to be right at 20 or 21 percent. Presumably, it's rather easy procedure, but still I wonder about accuracy.

Seeing how 40% of the phytoplankton in the oceans, the number one source of atmospheric oxygen, has disappeared since the 1950s and the forests of the world, the number two source of atmospheric oxygen, have long been decreasing in size, I wonder.

If there is an even slight decrease in the amount of atmospheric oxygen, will some organisms be affected more than others? Who will be affected first? High flying birds with their high metabolic rates?

We tend to think gases diffuse evenly throughout the atmosphere, but I really don't know which animal physiological mechanisms and their relationship to atmospheric conditions might be affected or even if such mechanisms are pertinent.

Mirlen101 said...

Good point , you don't hear about over all oxygen levels that much . Let alone levels within certain areas. They used to be so preoccupied with ozone . Oxygen levels has taken a back seat . When it is all important to everyone's survival ! There has been studies using ancient ice to check past levels . Then they check them against today's levels . But they usually concentrate on the changes from ancient times not the consequences of modern drops in oxygen . There has to be major drops because of all the oxygen producers losses and therefore major consequences . It has definitely effected the fish so I assume it has effected the birds . As you say birds must be one of the first to be effected . I'm not sure why oxygen levels haven't been taken more seriously like ozone and global weather change .
One thing to consider also is what is replacing the lost oxygen . For every part lost there is a gain and that gain is usually a pollutant ! There would be pockets of toxins some following lines like jet streams . This same effect has been found in the oceans . Where pollutants follow jet stream like flows . Sometimes dumping solids like plastics etc in isolated areas . This type of sifting is physically inevitable. So there has to be areas of low oxygen replaced by toxins . Most coming from the USA and China I would assume . Following natural air currents .

Ann said...

But, hey, don't worry!

Don't forget what that thoughtful and insightful congressman, John Shimkus, said, after quoting from the Christian bible:

"... The earth will end only when God declares its time to be over. Man will not destroy this earth. ... ."

After I heard what he said, I thought, how can someone have gone to school and studied, say, just the required science courses end up thinking as he does. Then, I discovered how that was possible. The honorable Mr. Shimkus holds a bachelor's diploma from the United States Military Academy.

Say no more!