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Omens of the Apocalypse: The End is Near

X-rays show four dead blackbirds from Beebe, Arkansas.  The cause of the deaths was a mystery to investigators for a long time.  It is pieced together though later that the cause of death was unusually loud fireworks combined with favorable sound conduction and a high number of birds wintering in Beebe.  The distress calls of a few blackbirds may have scared much of the roost into the air in a snowball effect.
The year 2011 gets off to a disturbing start. On New Year's Eve, blackbirds die in Beebe, Arkansas by the thousands.