Monday, June 22, 2009

mystery

For the past month or so, we have noticed a lot of dead birds in our neighborhood. They are just laying around near the sidewalk or on the side of the road.

And the ones that are alive seem weak. When you approach them, they remain on the grass far longer than usual. Then, at the last moment, they take off, but only a few feet away. It's as if they're barely alive.

We've mentioned it to friends in other parts of the city and they say they're seeing the same thing.

Does anyone know what's going on?

4 comments:

MAWG said...

canary in the coal mine.

Nick said...

no clue, but it's also happening in our neighborhood; i've picked up 2 birds in the last3 days. not a mark on them, just dead.

Applecart T. said...

did you google it … did you ask the mo. dept. of natural resources … maybe it's west nile again. (i'm finding both those suggestions above to provide few clues. will try bird-people sites later. i have not seen any birds acting differently around here, but i'll pay attention now.

Daniel Rolf said...

Seeing the same thing in Lawrence. But I'm fairly certain they are victims of run of mill natural selection, rather than epidemic.

The second wave of young birds have been venturing outside of their nests for the past month or so. That could be it.