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  • Dead Starlings…
  • Premier Icon Kryton57
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    So this is quite sad, and very odd;

    http://news.sky.com/story/mystery-as-hundreds-of-birds-found-dead-in-road-in-wales-11883847

    What could cause that?

    Premier Icon 13thfloormonk
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    Some mouth-breather scattering poisoned feed then chucking any carcasses off their land onto the road?

    Can’t imagine why anyone would want to kill Starlings though, and as cover ups go it wouldn’t be a very good one, but when wildlife crime is concerned never under estimate people’s ability to stoop to new lows…

    Premier Icon CaptainFlashheart
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    Brexit.

    Premier Icon scotroutes
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    Their third album was a let-down.

    Premier Icon oldtennisshoes
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    Murmuration struck by lightning would be my guess.

    Premier Icon bikebouy
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    Brexit.

    He said Dead Starlings, not Dead Sterling..

    Premier Icon Pyro
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    If it was crows I’d have said hit by trucks or vans. They’ve been shown to post a lookout to warn the other crows of approaching vehicles, which is really effective when it’s a car but they have difficulty pronouncing ‘truck’…

    I’ll get me coat.

    Premier Icon senor j
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    End of the world is coming.

    Premier Icon swedishmetal
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    It’s weird as it was only an hour between them being in the sky and dead on the floor. If it was poison you wouldn’t expect so many in one go and all fall on the same bit of road. If you had killed them by poison they would most likely die in fields and why would you bother picking them all up and putting them on the toad?

    Very odd.

    Premier Icon matt_outandabout
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    Murmuration struck by lightning would be my guess.

    I had a similar thought.

    I too would have thought that poisoning would mean they were more spread out.

    Premier Icon revs1972
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    Was it the annoying devil from Balls of Steel up to his tricks again ?

    Premier Icon derek_starship
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    Perhaps a murmuration was targeted by a raptor and some of them crashed into the ground in a panicked bid to escape.

    Premier Icon edhornby
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    sonic boom from an RAF valley jet right by them ? very unlikely, just a guess…

    Premier Icon mrchrispy
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    as illegal immigrants uk boarder force took them out as part of the latest hostile environment policy v2

    Premier Icon n0b0dy0ftheg0at
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    Was Boris’ rotten carcass driven along the road on an open trailor?

    Does seem rather odd, hopefully nothing sinister comes back as the cause.

    Premier Icon tillydog
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    Birds were seen eating something on the road shortly before the dead starlings were discovered.

    Police say: “We believe we may have the reason now…but we are awaiting the toxicology and post mortem results before releasing it.”

    https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/police-think-now-know-what-17404520

    Premier Icon taxi25
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    sonic boom from an RAF valley jet right by them ? very unlikely, just a guess…

    That was my guess, but concentrated in to small an area to have fallen from the sky.

    Premier Icon sharkbait
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    Birds were seen eating something on the road shortly before the dead starlings were discovered.

    Salt from the gritter ???

    Premier Icon tewit
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    I’m sure the investigating copper being on R4 today said that it happened years ago in the same spot. Strange.

    Premier Icon tillydog
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    Salt from the gritter ???

    My guess would be some sort of spilled seed (quiet at the back! I mean something like winter wheat) that had been treated with a fungicide or similar – one that kills starlings quite quickly.

    Premier Icon project
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    Traffic copper i knew had been on a Chemical Biological Nuclear awareness course, and was told , if you see lots of dead birds or people lying on the ground, get out of there fast, as it could be a dangerous situation, asked why it was traffic police, he said because we have fast cars to get away fast and report back from a safe distance.

    Premier Icon oldgit
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    I’ve witnessed something like this in Spain in the 70s.
    The streets, hotels and pools were covered in dead starlings.

    Premier Icon tillydog
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    It seems they died from “impact with the ground”

    https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/test-results-300-birds-found-17442485

    Premier Icon maccruiskeen
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    It seems they died from “impact with the ground”

    I’m sure the investigating copper being on R4 today said that it happened years ago in the same spot. Strange

    If its happened before in the same spot then some sort of light/reflection/dazzling thing maybe makes sense – the way the murmerartions work is the birds are all following each other  – I guess its only the ones at the front that need to be confused and all the rest will follow them

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