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All birds in an Australian community died

Now if it was toxins, you would quickly pinpoint some malfunctioing chemical plant or similar. But its strange that all birds, of most species, died at once. Its an omonious sign of something, a similar event happened in America recently.

THOUSANDS of birds have fallen from the skies over Esperance and no one knows why.

Is it an illness, toxins or a natural phenomenon? A string of autopsies in Perth have shed no light on the mystery.

All the residents of flood-devastated Esperance know is that their "dawn chorus" of singing birds is missing.

The main casualties are wattle birds, yellow-throated miners, new holland honeyeaters and singing honeyeaters, although some dead crows, hawks and pigeons have also been found.

Wildlife officers are baffled by the "catastrophic" event, which the Department of Environment and Conservation said began well before last week's freak storm.

On Monday, Esperance, 725km southeast of Perth, was declared a natural disaster zone.

District nature conservation co-ordinator Mike Fitzgerald said the first reports of birds dropping dead in people's yards came in three weeks ago. More than 500 deaths had since been notified. But the calls stopped suddenly last week, reportedly because no birds were left.

"It's very substantial. We estimate several thousand birds are dead, although we don't have a clear number because of the large areas of bushland," Mr Fitzgerald said.

Birds Australia, the nation's main bird conservation group, said it had not heard of a similar occurrence. "Not on that scale, and all at the same time, and also the fact that it's several different species," chief executive Graeme Hamilton said. "You'd have to call that a most unusual event and one that we'd all have to be concerned about."

He expected birds would return to the area once the problem - natural or man-made phenomenon - was fixed but said it was vital the cause was identified.

The Department of Agriculture and Food, which conducted the autopsies, has almost ruled out an infectious process.

Acting chief veterinary officer Fiona Sunderman said toxins were the most likely cause but the deaths could be due to anything from toxic algae to chemicals and pesticides.

Dr Sunderman said there were no leads yet on which of potentially hundreds of toxins might be responsible. Some birds were seen convulsing as they died.

Michelle Crisp was one of the first to contact the DEC after finding dozens of dead birds on her property one morning.

She told The Australian she normally had hundreds of birds in her yard, but that she and a neighbour counted 80 dead birds in one day.

"It went to the point where we had nothing, not a bird," she said.

"It was like a moonscape, just horrible. But the frightening thing for us, we didn't find any more birds after that. We literally didn't have any birds left to die."
By netchicken: posted on 11-1-2007

These mass bird deaths are happening around the world. Austin Texas closed down several streets the other day to remove hundreds of birds.

Crows dying by the dozens Dec 19th, 2006

Many of the reported bird deaths, they are saying are caused from either starvation or weather related, others caused by viruses.

It sounds like the australian bird deaths are toxin related.
By YCON: posted on 11-1-2007

It happened where I live a few years back. All the sparrows caught a disease, and died, something ordinary, like selamonella. I never noticed it at first, then you started to realise that there wen't the numbers of birds around as in the past. The sparrows have never come back to teh elvels before.
By netchicken: posted on 11-1-2007

Firstly a big thanks to venus for helping me find this post for

Heard this on the news this morning and found the link to it
online,suggesting the probable cause to their deaths was lead poisoning

By Shan: posted on 15-3-2007

Well do not worry because it is every where. :worm

Australia --

THOUSANDS of birds have fallen from the skies over Esperance and no one knows why.

Texas --

The discovery of dozens of mysteriously dead birds shut down Congress Avenue on Monday morning, closing dozens of businesses for hours and keeping hundreds of workers away from their jobs in part of the city's most important commercial center.

Idaho (ducks) --

Preliminary test results indicate a bacterial or fungal infection could be to blame for the deaths of as many as 2,500 mallard ducks in a bizarre cluster along a southeastern Idaho creek bed, a state game official says. More tests are now planned on water and grain, said David Parrish, supervisor for the Magic Valley region of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.

"We have some preliminary results," he told The Associated Press late Thursday in a telephone interview. "It could be some type of bacterial infection or a fungal-related infection. But we haven't confirmed that for sure."

Parrish and members of the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, the state Department of Agriculture, the federal Homeland Security Department and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service conferred by conference call late Thursday. Parrish said the die-off was not typical. "It's fairly uncommon, especially in these types of numbers and in such a confined area," he said.

Last year, about 500 mostly mallard ducks died in similar circumstances at a pond in Waterloo, Iowa. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources said the ducks likely died from Aspergillosis.

Maine (crows) --

Sun Journal

Residents of the neighborhood next to the Promenade Mall are puzzled over dozens of dead crows that seem to be dropping from the sky.

Residents unnerved by the unexplained deaths of dozens of crows in a neighborhood next to the Promenade Mall hope tests by the U.S. Department of Agriculture will provide some answers.

To residents, it seems almost as though dead crows were falling from the sky. Damien Perreault, 71, said he disposed of 10 dead crows he found on a walk Monday. That didn't count crows dead in the trees. Ray Beaudoin, a resident of Summit Avenue, called animal control officials when the dead crows started appearing a couple of weeks ago.

Azerbaijan (various fowl) --

Mass death of poultries is observed in the village Boyuk Bahmanli of Fuzuli region, the villagers told the APA.

They said that mass death of poultries was observed in several yards and they appealed to the veterinary service. The death reasons are unknown. Besides, a lot of dead fowls were found in the water basins of the village, as well as in the ponds on the neutral strip on border with Iran.

France (chickens) --

French authorities say they cannot rule out bird flu after 4,000 chickens died on a French farm on Saturday.

Colorado (mostly starlings) --

About 40 dead birds littered a short stretch of U.S. Highway 287 south of the city Tuesday.

Boulder County health officials and the Colorado Division of Wildlife were still coordinating efforts late afternoon to investigate the site, just south Mooring Road.

South Dakota (geese) --

Salinity was responsible for the deaths of about 1,000 geese near Watertown in November.

The snow geese and blue geese were found in late November on Lake Nicholson, about 15 miles northwest of Watertown.

Tests found high mineral concentrations in their brains. That, along with lethargy observed in dying birds, is consistent with "salt toxicosis," Morlock said.

Idaho (owls) --

A study of roadkill on Interstate 84 between Boise and Burley has found so many dead barn owls that a Boise State University scientist says he's concerned the owls could disappear from areas surrounding the travel corridor.

"I don't have enough information to predict the viability of the species," Jim Belthoff told The Times-News. "But the mere fact that cars are killing this many animals from one species is alarming."
Belthoff expects to publish a study of the issue later this year.

For 2 1/2 years, Belthoff and graduate student Than Boves have twice a month driven the southern Idaho highway between Boise and Burley collecting animals killed by vehicles.

They found 2,518 dead animals, with 800 of those being barn owls, the most common dead animal found in the study.
By TUTUTKAMEN: posted on 16-3-2007

Scramble to find lead source
By TUTUTKAMEN: posted on 16-3-2007

LMFAO Tut tut tut Ö.Strike Two. Youíll get that dammed lead post mate.
So if Iíve got it right you mean regardless of how they die, they seem
To fly in flocks and die in flocks? At least what you provide certainly looks
Like it too me. Actually whatís surprises me is your last one, gee I wouldnít have
Thought cars would be causing that much problems to birds, particularly owls.

Oops my apologies TUTUTKAMEN you did get it right I didnít notice the blue
Thingy majig didnít encompass the entire URL, once again sorry ignore my
Dupid post.

TUTUTKAMENs lead source
By Shan: posted on 16-3-2007

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