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New mysterious dead bird find

2011-01-05 17:04

Stockholm - In a week that saw unexplained massive bird deaths in the southern United States, up to 100 birds were found lying in a snow-covered street in Sweden on Wednesday, officials said.

"Most were dead," Christer Olofsson of rescue services in the southwestern town of Falkoeping said of the 50 to 100 jackdaw birds, a type of crow.

Ornithologist Anders Wirdheim said the find was surprising.

"This is unusual," he told tabloid Aftonbladet, which posted online a reader's photo of dozens of black birds littering a snow-covered road.

"They are probably jackdaws. They spend the winter in large flocks. If they are exposed to disturbances, they can become so stressed that they fly themselves to death," he said.

Olofsson said the birds were first spotted around midnight by a police patrol and that five had been taken in for analysis.

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Olov Andersson of the National Veterinary Institute said that the carcasses would be analysed and that bacterial and viral tests, including for swine flu, would be performed.

The Falkoeping incident comes after two unexplained mass bird deaths in the United States.

Louisiana officials on Tuesday said that 500 birds had been discovered dead, shortly after thousands of birds were discovered dead in neighbouring Arkansas.

Arkansas officials said preliminary testing showed no signs of disease in the dead birds and that they died of "acute physical trauma."

US officials said possibly New Year's Eve fireworks had provoked the birds to take flight in the dark and that due to poor night vision, they could have died after bumping into houses, trees and other birds in their fright.

Swedish rescue services told media on Wednesday that fireworks had been heard in the area where the birds had been found.


Comments
  • william.botha - 2011-01-05 17:18

    Something weird going on in nature. Behind my residence is a wetland. All the frogs have died. We noticed a huge crash in the insect population as well. What was also peculiar was the behavior of dragonflies. They seemed drunk and disorientated and have all gone. I traveled to Johannesburg from the Western Cape over the festive season and also noticed something out the ordinary. As I've done this trip many times before I always had to stop and clean my windscreen every 200km's from all the insects. This time there was hardly any insects at all, my windscreen was still clear when I reached Johannesburg. I also noticed there was no crows in the areas they usually occurred, I saw 2 crows in the whole, that includes the return trip. Very odd indeed.

  • Irie Fairie - 2011-01-05 17:42

    very very strange indeed.... all the signs are there, but global warming still continues to be a fallacy to most. We're too late in any case.

      Golden - 2011-01-06 10:08

      What is your rationale for blaming this on "global warming"? And what are "all the signs"?

      Irie Fairie - 2011-01-06 11:11

      the erratic weather conditions-the increase in Floods, earthquakes, tsunamis, droughts, snow storms, lightening storms, the decrease in our be and insect population. More animals are becoming extinct now, more than ever... Watch An inconvenient truth...

      Golden - 2011-01-06 12:48

      A British High Court judge ruled that Gore's global warming film, "An Inconvenient Truth," contained nine significant errors and that the errors were made in "the context of alarmism and exaggeration". Gore has been thoroughly discredited. He stomps around the world leaving an enormous carbon footprint. In 2007, a report revealed that Al Gore's Tennessee mansion used more energy each month than the average American household uses in an entire year. In 2010, Gore left his car idling for 60 minutes while speaking at the Gothenburg Award for Sustainable Development in Sweden. The organisers had begged him to use public transportation. He defends his extraordinary personal energy usage by telling critics he maintains a "carbon neutral" lifestyle by buying "carbon offsets" but the company that receives his payments is partly owned and chaired by Gore himself. Gore is not a scientist. As for scientists, 9,029 Ph.D.s signed a petition in 2010 disputing man-made global warming.

      Irené - 2011-01-06 13:58

      Fine golden, go on believing the world is our playground. Open your bloody eyes, the signs are everywhere all over the world, just look at the natural disasters over the last 2yrs, they have gotten much worse than 10yrs ago. Big business doesnt want to admit to man made global warming c ause they will then have to cut profits by producing less crap. You are a pawn to the evil corporates- congrats and goodluck.

  • lmduplessis - 2011-01-05 17:43

    It's a sign of the end of days! The sun will Darken! The rivers and oceans will run red! Nazis will once again ride on dinsoaures!!!

      william.botha - 2011-01-05 17:56

      LOL at the nazi's on dinosaurs. Will Hitler be leading them?

      lmduplessis - 2011-01-05 20:30

      He'll have his own personal pedigree Velocaraptor named Pookie.

      william.botha - 2011-01-05 20:59

      With a fiery swastika halo.

      orionangel - 2011-01-06 09:56

      hehe

  • Amratian - 2011-01-05 17:49

    Place a worldwide ban fireworks

      Amratian - 2011-01-05 17:51

      sorry - insert on fireworks

  • Zinki - 2011-01-05 17:49

    Ban the fireworks!!! Animals are terrified of those loud bangs and flashes. Dogs run wild in the streets during fireworks displays. I know because they all end up at the SPCA. It's cruel to set off fireworks where there are lots of animals around.

      Duke - 2011-01-05 18:19

      Hey Zinki Winki, I agree LOUD BANGS terrify these animals. I enjoy the fireworks too! Fireworks do not necesssarily have to have bangs in them! With the recent weather patterns, we have many more terrifying nights of thunder and lightning than of fireworks with our pets. Banning fireworks won't solve this. Stop thinking and shooting from the hip or below. If fireworks were limited to a few hours etc., and we observed this, and all us bunny huggers cared for animals over this very short duration.... no problems. As for natures disturbances do you have any smart solutions? I cant think of any right now.

  • pcpcoetzee89 - 2011-01-05 18:11

    Banish fireworks! It is irritating, annoying and firework "artists" have an IQ of slightly less than 5 and a half ... at the best of scenarios!!

      Mikemcc - 2011-01-06 01:16

      Each to their own, but I take it from your post that you have never seen something like "symphony of fire" or some such fireworks display. The amount of effort and skill required is immense.

  • Stephen - 2011-01-05 18:30

    I am sure the pharmaceutical companies wil find a way to scare te rap out of the Yanks and Europeans and make a fortune from selling masks, pills antidotes etc .

  • Heinrich - 2011-01-05 19:31

    Google "HAARP" I found a few interesting articles about USA's HAARP project and also this article - http://www.globalcrisisnews.com/usa/hysteria-over-thousands-of-bird-and-fish-deaths-in-arkansas/id=2038/

      william.botha - 2011-01-05 21:08

      I read about the HF transmitter a while ago, but I doubt if it would have any connection with the birds and fish. But what might be responsible is microwave hotspots. Telecoms, especially broadband operate in the giga microwave bandwidth and has the potential to do damage. The global telecoms market is expanding at a phenomenal rate, and due to the market cap of this market, few if any research will be done to test the safety on living organisms. In my house alone there is 6 HSDPA/3G phones and modems. I'm sure that the microwaves must have an effect on us.

  • Cejewe - 2011-01-05 20:09

    Global warming will be more severe than any of us expects. When nature gainings momentum...you will not stop anything.

      lmduplessis - 2011-01-05 20:31

      Try telling 60% of humanity who REFUSE to believe in global warming that fact.

      Golden - 2011-01-06 10:47

      If any of you have unearthed a link to "global warming" then please share it with us. You may not be aware that not only is it winter in the Northern Hemisphere where these particular events occurred, but an unusually cold winter. lmduplessis, I am skeptical of the AGW theory, and my skepticism is based on sound science...Not the pseudo-scientific "Inconvenient Truth" produced by the "inventor of the internet" Al Gore. The construction of your post indicates a near-religious fervour in your belief in AGW. Your figure of 60% is probably too low. For example, a 2010 survey of American weather forecasters found that only 17 percent believe in man-made global warming.

  • Jakob - 2011-01-05 20:36

    http://www.timelessmyths.com/norse/ragnarok.html

      pierriekirby - 2011-01-06 08:35

      What a crock of shit!

      lmduplessis - 2011-01-06 11:59

      Well, it is a lot more entertaining than the other religous end-fo-world prophecies i've seen.

  • Jakob - 2011-01-05 20:49

    cold... as in you all are far away from the truth... some of you know, and some of you don't... those who don't know mustn't stop looking, becoz its worth searching for. to know truth and to strive after doing right, and not wrong. to stand up and earn your place in what is to come, to be righteous and wholly . sin = death, not that i say the animals sinned and died, but its suppose to be man's first lesson.. if this place is not hell, then surely i dont know where hell is...

      william.botha - 2011-01-05 22:00

      Jakob-I will move to Bloemfontein, they are 10 years behind everyone else, so I will have 10 years extra before your hell reaches there.

      IDDQD - 2011-01-06 09:40

      Wrong! Life = death, no matter how (self)righteous you are, all will perish in the coming Zombie Apocolypse! Is it not fortold that Moon-Hitler and Mel Gibson will join forces and kick start the doom of us all? Anyone know where there is a sale on baked beans and fire arms? Maybe Twinkies? May you all be touched by His Noodly Appendage in his mercy, Ramen.

      orionangel - 2011-01-06 10:00

      That's just silly. I agree with Jakob on this one. Sin = Death. Obviously. Duh.

      william.botha - 2011-01-06 10:19

      @IDDQD-Ah a DOOM man. Cheater.

  • darkwing - 2011-01-05 21:10

    Strange how fireworks have been used, even to greater extents in the past, and this is the first year the birds react in this manner?

  • KanaMay - 2011-01-05 21:43

    @ william.Botha, ever read 'Silent Spring' by Rachel Carson (spelling might be wrong)? The pesticides can weaken the birth rate of birds & frogs, and the frogs especially would eat the poisoned but still-alive insects, won't they? Knocking out just 1 species (pests) is difficult, and often affects other genus (is that word right ?) species in the food chain.

      william.botha - 2011-01-05 22:16

      No I didn't read it but sure you have a point there. Recently farmers, especially vegetable farmers started using DDT in many places in South Africa, also here in the Western Cape. Being hydrophobic it doesn't dissolve in water and accumulates in animals. It was discontinued and banned but because of it's effectiveness against the malaria mosquito, it is still manufactured and is allowed in heavy malaria infested areas. It is supposed to be controlled, but sadly that mechanism has become defunct in SA. So greedy unscrupulous farmers use it when they know they shouldn't. Frogs, birds eat contaminated insects, it effects the balance in nature. DDT was banned for a reason. But other chemicals and poisons might also be contributing. The problem is, to be sure, one have to resort to forensics, and if you don't have access to a lab, it can be discouragingly expensive. I don't know whats the cause of the birds dying in Stockholm and the states as well as the fish, but we had a similar incident recently with the dying of large numbers of fish in the Crocodile river. Till date I don't think the direct cause has been isolated.

  • Heinrich - 2011-01-05 21:47

    This is a book on HAARP - http://books.google.co.za/books?id=CfXjAR0LlTQC&printsec=frontcover&dq=HAARP&source=bl&ots=tgAME8K1Bd&sig=rCQQG5daJIshiI_x6QJu0TjS8rk&hl=en&ei=oZkhTa21JoefOoiUhPAI&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=10&ved=0CGkQ6AEwCQ#v=onepage&q&f=false and it is called "Haarp: The Ultimate Weapon of the Conspiracy" By Jerry E. Smith

  • whiteafrican - 2011-01-05 21:48

    too many crows so no big deal .. if the animal is endangered then yes its a big deal.... its still good to get to the bottom of the problem though.. yes and ban fireworks ..

  • GrimReaper - 2011-01-05 23:23

    @ William Botha. You have too much Cape Rust between your ears otherwise you would not be making the kind of idiotic comments about Bfn being 10 years behind everybody else. I am from Jhb (which is 10 years ahead of the sleepy boring Western Cape in any way)and currently working on assignment in Bfn. Nothing wrong here. Good people, good vibe and everything Jozi has, just on a smaller scale. Maybe you should try it - you might be surprised

      william.botha - 2011-01-06 07:32

      @GrimReaper-More frustrated than grim I see. Jakob is weird, I made a fitting statement.

  • GrimReaper - 2011-01-05 23:24

    @ William Botha. You have too much Cape Rust between your ears otherwise you would not be making the kind of idiotic comments about Bfn being 10 years behind everybody else. I am from Jhb (which is 10 years ahead of the sleepy boring Western Cape in any way)and currently working on assignment in Bfn. Nothing wrong here. Good people, good vibe and everything Jozi has, just on a smaller scale. Maybe you should try it - you might be surprised

  • Jakob - 2011-01-06 04:35

    i meant hell ass in whole whoreld...

      william.botha - 2011-01-06 08:46

      So what's your real name then?

  • tltshuma - 2011-01-06 06:53

    This was caused by us, humans. Watch the space.

  • Graham - 2011-01-06 07:01

    Why would people believe it's fireworks. come on how long has the world been using fireworks and this happens now, it's just a cover up, like the weather balloon scenario in the USA, and we all believed that, right. don't forget about the 10000 dead fish found in the state of Arkansas, did they use underwater fireworks?

      lmduplessis - 2011-01-06 12:01

      thats 100,000 fish, actually.

  • Tru_Bru - 2011-01-06 09:30

    We are just slowly but surely destroying our planet. we are doing it all by ourselves to ourselves. Really great to be Top of the Food Chain, you get away with it. It's all the rest of Creation that has to accept our ineptitude...Be Warned...They will fight back and so will Mother Nature.

  • Irie Fairie - 2011-01-06 11:10

    the erratic weather conditions-the increase in Floods, earthquakes, tsunamis, droughts, snow storms, lightening storms, the decrease in our be and insect population. More animals are becoming extinct now, more than ever... Watch An inconvenient truth...

      Golden - 2011-01-06 12:50

      A British High Court judge ruled that Gore's global warming film, "An Inconvenient Truth," contained nine significant errors and that the errors were made in "the context of alarmism and exaggeration". Gore has been thoroughly discredited. He stomps around the world leaving an enormous carbon footprint. In 2007, a report revealed that Al Gore's Tennessee mansion used more energy each month than the average American household uses in an entire year. In 2010, Gore left his car idling for 60 minutes while speaking at the Gothenburg Award for Sustainable Development in Sweden. The organisers had begged him to use public transportation. He defends his extraordinary personal energy usage by telling critics he maintains a "carbon neutral" lifestyle by buying "carbon offsets" but the company that receives his payments is partly owned and chaired by Gore himself. Gore is not a scientist. As for scientists, 9,029 Ph.D.s signed a petition in 2010 disputing man-made global warming.

      Golden - 2011-01-06 13:02

      Suggesting that there is a "the decrease in our be and insect population" (sic) is ludicrous and patently absurd. A more likely reason is the increasing utilization of GMOs as well as the unbridled use of pesticides and herbicides in agriculture. Higher levels of CO2 are favourable to plants and this in turn benefits our bees, insects, birds and and wildlife in general.

      Golden - 2011-01-06 13:03

      The first line should read: Suggesting that there is a "the decrease in our be and insect population" (sic)due to 'global warming' is ludicrous and patently absurd.

      william.botha - 2011-01-06 13:38

      @Golden-Rightly said global warming is an inevitable phenomenon, my opinion is that man's contribution is meager compared to the natural cycle of our planet. I might start something now, but hear me. The current global economy is not sustainable and hovers on disaster. The world economy is kept in an ICU by cash injections by the billions. The new green revolution might be just what the world economy needs. A new trade and enforceable that could start a new chapter in creating.something from nothing. Al Gore is just cashing in by way of the "new green entrepreneur" and is as transparent as a whiskey glass. The real culprit in global warming is rather unknown to the greater public (with cash) in the form of seismic activity disturbing deep ocean sequestered carbon dioxide and methane. Kind of makes one remember the Coke/Mentos demonstration by the myth busters. Also hard at work due to and being part of seismic activity is the large amount of sub ocean volcanoes that heats up water in the deep trenches and causes variation in sea currents, thus effectively altering global climate and rainfall patterns. This global cycle would have come even if there were never any humans on this planet. Iceland sea temperatures far beneath the surface have risen alarmingly and contributes to the meltdown of glaciers.

      william.botha - 2011-01-06 13:40

      @Golden-The crash in insect population is observed worldwide and is complicated. The bee populations have crashed in the States and other places in the world, even in the Western Cape. The causes should be investigated, as bacteria and viruses might benefit from pesticides and climate change. Absurd is not relevant here. I have observed local phenomenon and have not stated that what I observed is global.

      Irené - 2011-01-06 14:03

      Golden, there are hundreds of articles written on bee colony collapses. Get your head out of your ass. You are probably a damn agent working for one of these evil companies.

      Golden - 2011-01-06 14:40

      Thanks for your sensible commentary William. I suspect that the sun plays a far greater role in the Earth's climate than CO2, and I consider Man's influence on the Earth's climate to be negligible. What I blame on Man is the pollution of our air, soil, rivers and oceans with electromagnetic radiation, heavy metals, plastics, pesticides, herbicides, genetically modified organisms, pharmaceuticals and other toxins. AGW dogmatists have a tendency to lump together conflicting phenomena to support their theory, and they do so with religious fervour. So dead birds falling from the sky, cold summers, hot summers, mild winters and extreme winters are all cited as 'evidence' to support the AGW hypothesis. I am seriously concerned by the colony collapse disorder affecting bees, but this is the first time that I've heard the claim that anthropogenic global warming is the cause! There is no evidence to support this. Thus it is patently absurd.

      Golden - 2011-01-06 15:16

      @Irene having read your puerile, rude and obtuse post, I am still mystified. What exactly is your point, you troll. Please direct me to even one scientific study linking CCD with AGW. I await your reply with near breathless anticipation.

      william.botha - 2011-01-06 15:24

      @Golden-Dogmatic I'm not, realist for sure. I shun theorists and doomsday prophets. Climate change can and have before favored organisms that were isolated to a much smaller habitat, as well as pesticides and other chemical pollutants. The huge amount of antibacterial preparations and anti-biotics, Antiretroviral drugs, anti septics all evoke evolutionary mechanisms, hence we get mutations that targets and find new hosts that was not the original targets. There is ample evidence that warmer conditions can favor pathogens, and then combine other influences as previously mentioned, can lead to interesting developments. Anthropogenic global warming in my opinion is minimal but is being abused to further economic benefits by people such as Al Gore. Remember that unusually high temperatures also causes duress and leads to compromised immunity. Compromised immunity leads to explosion of pathogens. This is a highly complex and technical subject. Global warming has caused mass extinction in the past. Why not again?

      Golden - 2011-01-06 15:57

      @William, It was not my intention to accuse you of being dogmatic. It was aimeded at Irie and the troll Irene (Gore's AGW shill). Extended global cooling is far more likely to impact wildlife negatively IMHO. One thousand years ago, during the Medieval Warm Period (not blamed on Man or CO2 yet) human society boomed, nature blossomed and wildlife thrived. This change in climate was the major cause of Europe unshackling itself from the Dark Ages. You state global warming has caused mass extinction in the past. This is merely a hypothesis. Thank you for pointing out these previous global warming events, which could certainly not have been caused by humans.

      william.botha - 2011-01-06 15:59

      @Golden-On the GMO's I think you have a valid point, but it's also similar to pesticides in stimilus

      william.botha - 2011-01-06 16:07

      @Golden-It is all about extremes. Cold or hot, but the cycles remain and will as long as this planet exists. It would be interesting to know the pathology reports on the dead birds though.

  • bmontong - 2011-01-07 09:50

    "Global Warming" is a farce to induce Carbon Tax, more money in the coffers of people in power and less in the pockets of the public. The earth is in actual fact cooler over the last 9 years. And now the authorities changed the concept from "Global Warming" to "Climate Change" to suit their hidden agenda after is was proven that the earth is cooling. The earth was warmer during the period of 1000 AD and these so called 25 "scientists" conveniently left out this info from their reports and the most obvious fact... Where does the earth and other planets get their heat from??? The sun people, yes the sun. But the public has become so blind that they accept anything that the so called experts feed them... it is actually funny. I certainly don`t agree with pollution and CO2, makes up a mere fraction of the atmosphere, that certainly does not have an influence on temperature. Carbon Tax will not solve anything, just like traffic fines won`t solve road accidents and deaths. It is just a money making racket. The natural disasters is happening due to natural cycles and partly due to man (the Authorities), yes todays technology is far more advanced than is being made public. Go and google HARP and with this technology they are able to manipulate weather patterns and natural disasters. It is so strange how many natural disasters happen in "3rd World Countries" hey, it is not by coincidense. It is to create fear, death and destruction... culling the population.

      william.botha - 2011-01-07 12:32

      The planet gets heat not only from the sun, but also from friction caused by the gravitational pull of the moon as well as the sun and other planets, although weak. The moon causes the strongest gravitational pull and means distortion of the earth's upper mantle. You are also correct with the earth being cooler the last couple of years, but that is a mean temperature, not area specific. I doubt the culling hypothesis though.

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