It must be either a massive fraud, like so many crop circles, or perhaps a case of “We are not alone!” It is difficult not to consider some otherworldly explanation for the various instances of blackbirds falling from the sky, for reasons unexplained beyond “traumatic injuries” or “sudden, hard external blows.” Most of us have probably heard of the New Year’s Eve midnight fall of birds over Beebe, Arizona, in which sources claimed more than 5,000 blackbirds, starlings, and sparrows were found dead in yards, on roads, and on rooftops.
Government experts analyzing the dead birds were annoyingly at a loss to provide information. A spokesman said that perhaps the birds had all flown into a large tower. Toxicology reports will be forthcoming.
Days later, although the deaths may have occurred on the same night, New Year’s Eve, Labarre, Louisiana reported 1,000 dead blackbirds and starlings. Labarre is about 400 miles from Beebe. Texas Parks & Wildlife Department biologist Winston Denton used the word “alarming.”
All of this wouldn’t amount to a pea in a porridge if it weren’t for the new information from Falköping, Sweden, which notes a “large number” of birds having died and fallen to the ground on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, January 4 and 5. The Swedish National Veterinary Institute found the birds to have died of “sudden hard external blows.” There were no signs of infection or illness.
Oddly there have in recent days been reports of dead fish, their deaths defying explanation. Some have suggested a Biblical explanation. A look at the particular relevant passages seems inconclusive. Hosea 4:1-3 mentions the lack of faithfulness, love, or acknowledgment of God. It continues that there is only cursing, lying and murder, stealing and adultery. It also says there is bloodshed and more bloodshed.Then: “because of this the beasts of the field, the birds in the sky, and the fish in the sea are swept away.”
There are other possibilities. Perhaps the birds were shot from a massive, submarine-based bird-cannon from some dark and remote sea. I still like the “We are not alone!” explanation. We can only hope that the coming days will confirm some reasonable, rational explanation (such as the combination of heavy fog and power lines that has been suggested). And we do feel sad for the poor dead birds.