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. Birds are known to be sensitive to air pressure changes, and often hunker down before a big storm.
Still, researchers like Liz Von Muggenthaler — who appears in NATURE’s Can Animals Predict Disaster? — believe animals can pick up the “infrasonic” sound pulses created by storms and earthquakes, and get a head start on fleeing to safety. It would make sense, she says, that the animals learn to associate such signals with danger.
Video of a massive starling flock turning and twisting over a river in Ireland has gone viral, and with good reason. Flocking starlings are one of nature’s most extraordinary sights: Just a few hundred birds moving as one is enough to convey a sense of suspended reality, and the flock filmed above the River Shannon contained thousands.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- It appears the bird death mystery at the intersection of E. Erie St. and Fremont Ave. last weekend has been solved. Francis Skalicky with the Missouri Department of Conservation tells KOLR10 News the starlings were killed after flying into a big truck. He says a witness reported seeing the incident and called the Springfield Nature Center to report it. The witness says he and another vehicle pulled over to see the strange sight. "I was heading north on Fremont about 10:30 Saturday morning and saw the flock of birds get hit by a red pickup truck," Mike Davis tells KOLR10 News. "I was driving behind the pickup. They were about two blocks south of Battlefield." The Conservation Department collected a few of the birds Monday and froze them for testing. Skalicky says during the winter months, this species of birds -- which are ground feeders -- flies in huge flocks from hundreds to thousands for safety reasons.