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Originally posted by Robin Marks
reply to post by Honor93
You are correct. The gas would not cause the injuries that were seen in Beebe. The injuries were from collisions with other birds and objects in a frenzy. If you read my posts you'll see that it was two different events. The gas poisioning when some of the birds where drinking from a contaminated source. And then went they went to the roost it caused a panic and the injuries which led to the majority of the deaths occured during an emergency migration. I know I'm repeat. Can't help it. As with some building fires, more people are killed when there is a stampede than are killed by the heat or smoke.
Initial tests conducted by biologists on the red-winged blackbirds and starlings found in Arkansas revealed that the birds suffered internal injuries that formed deadly blood clots. Countless explanations have been speculated, from intense high-altitude weather like lightning or hail to disturbance from fireworks. Disease and poison were determined to be far less likely causes, though full test results won't rule them out until next week.