Aflockalypse Now? Thousands of Dead Red-winged Blackbirds in Arkansas may have come from Iowa


If this red-winged blackbird could read news reports, it might decide to stay out of the South...and Sweden. Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

The thousands of red-winged blackbirds that turned up dead on New Year’s Eve in Beebe Arkansas may have originated in Iowa, the Dubuque Telegraph-Herald reports:

Iowa’s red-winged blackbirds commonly migrate south, where they live in communal roosts numbering hundreds of thousands or even millions of birds.

The Arkansas incident, coupled with subsequent mass bird deaths in Louisiana and now Sweden have puzzled and captivated news consumers across the country and the globe.  Continue reading