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Thousands of blackbirds return to their roosting site in Beebe.

Thousands of blackbirds return to their roosting site in Beebe. (View larger version)

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  • Frogs are reported to have rained from the skies in Birmingham, England on June 30, 1892.

  • Hundreds of fish are reported to have fallen from the sky in Tillers Ferry, South Carolina on June 27, 1901.

  • Over the past decade, there have been over 175 wild bird die-offs with death tolls of one thousand birds or more.

  • In 2009, 50,000 birds died from avian botulism in Utah.

  • An estimated 976 million birds die each year from running into windows.

  • It is estimated that pesticides kill about 72 million birds annually.

  • In Wisconsin alone, feral cats may kill 39 million birds each year.

  • During World War II, the British were puzzled by what they called “angels” showing up in their radar displays. It turned out that the ethereal shapes were flocks of birds.

  • A large swarm of mayflies was captured on Doppler radar off Lake Erie in the summer of 1999.

  • Doppler weather radar waves reflect off water.
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