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5,000 Dead Blackbirds Had ‘Hit Something Very Hard’

How and why did 5,000 red-winged blackbirds fall from the sky at once on January 1? It’s the question keeping America up at night. A preliminary report released Monday evening said the birds showed evidence of trauma in the breast tissue, with blood clots in the body cavity and a lot of internal bleeding, and likely all died from “massive trauma.” Biologist Karen Rowe told CNN that bird trauma is often caused by a lightning strike, heavy storm, or high-altitude hail, although the signs of trauma may have also been caused by the force of hitting the ground. Or they may have gotten startled by something and flown into a house, tree, or each other. But then there’s this detail:

Oh? Sounds almost like they were running from something. The report continues:

On Monday, “in a seemingly separate incident,” some 500 red-winged blackbirds were found dead in southern Louisiana. So, start your UFO/government cover-up/conspiracy engines now.

Falling birds likely died from massive trauma [CNN]

5,000 Dead Blackbirds Had ‘Hit Something Very Hard’