Animal Behavior, Methane Poisoning, Dead or Alive and on the move (+ interactive map)

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When Planet X entered the inner Solar System in late 2002 - early 2003, it was not just the Earth that reacted, as it did with an increase in earthquakes, volcanism and extreme weather, the animal life on Earth also started showing signs of the approaching monster.

The most noticeable symptoms were:

  • Crazy Animal Behaviour:  Reports of bizarre behaviour including animal attacks from normally passive creatures and spiders spinning webs over whole fields.
  • Confused Animals:  Whales and dolphins stranding themselves on beaches in droves or getting lost upstream in coastal rivers.
  • Large fish and bird kills:  Flocks of birds falling dead from the sky and shoals of fish dying and floating to the surface of lakes, rivers and washing up along coastlines.

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Crazy Animal Behaviour

Reports of crazy animal behaviour have included sheep that charged a farmer’s wife off a cliff, deer attacking a car and rabbits biting pedestrians.  Spiders have spun webs over whole fields and caterpillar larvae have covered whole trees in silk.

As usual, the Zetas explain the true causes:

http://www.zetatalk.com/transfor/t154.htm (Jan 11th 2003)

Animal behavior also has been noted as almost crazed, where animals normally passive and seeking to avoid confrontation will attack with provocation, or fly in the wrong direction during migration. This is due to signals the animals or insects get from the core of the Earth, signals not known to man, but nonetheless there.  [……]  Spiders weaving webs to an extreme so that acres are covered under webs, get noted, but the base behavior is normal for a spider.  EOZT

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Confused Animals

Other erratic behaviour among animals included a seeming loss of direction with whales and dolphins swimming inland and stranding themselves on beaches.

Unreliable Compasses  (March 28th, 2009)

The compass is unreliable for the past few years, and lately has gotten very extreme in its variance. Many animals and insects have a biological compass, recording during migrations where that compass laid, and when taking a return trip relying on the recording to guide them back. If the Earth's N Pole swings away from the press of Planet X, which is increasingly pointing its N Pole at the Earth, then these animals are not given correct clues and aim for land or up a river. Sad to say, this will only get worse as the last weeks and the pole shift loom on the horizon.   EOZT

Are due to the Magnetic Clash   (July 1st, 2006)

The compass anomaly, swinging to the East, is indicative of the Earth adjusting to the approach of Planet X and the clash of their magnetic fields. The change is indicative of a clash in magnetic fields as Planet X comes ever closer to the Earth, their fields touching. It is the combined field that Earth must adjust to, and continue to adjust to, not the exact position of the N Pole of Planet X within these fields, and the Sun's magnetic field enters into the equation too. This dramatic change, noted by a conscientious tracker, checking dual compasses daily for years, indicates that the Earth is trying to align side-by-side with Planet X, bringing its magnetic N Pole to point toward the Sun, as Planet X is currently doing in the main. These adjustments are temporary, and change about, as magnets can make dramatic and swift changes in their alignment with each other. Put a number of small magnets on a glass, with iron ore dust, and move a large magnet about under them, and watch the jerking about they do. Are we saying the Earth's magnetic field is going to get more erratic in the future, dramatically so? There is no question that this will be one of the signs that will come, yet another not covered by the Global Warming excuse.   EOZT

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Large fish and bird kills

Hundreds, if not thousands, of these events have taken place with the frequency increasing year on year.  Poignant examples include the 20 tonnes of dead herring which washed ashore in Norway and 1200 pelicans found on a beach in Peru.

Earth Farts  (January 9th, 2007)

We have explained, in great detail, that the stretch zone does not register great quakes when rock layers pull apart and sink, as this is a silent Earth change. Nancy has carefully documented breaking water and gas mains, derailing trains, dislocating bridge abutments, mining accidents, and outbreaks of factory explosions, showing that these have occurred in rashes on occasion, when the rock layers pulled apart. [……]  In September-October of 2005, a smell of rotten eggs was sensed from LA to Thunder Bay on Lake Superior to the New England states and throughout the South-Eastern US. We explained at that time that this was due to rock layers being pulled apart, releasing gas from moldering vegetation trapped during prior pole shifts, when rock layers were jerked about, trapping vegetation. We explained in March of 2002 that black water off the coast of Florida was caused by this phenomena. Do these fumes cause people to sicken, and birds to die? Mining operations of old had what they called the canary in a birdcage, to warn the miners of methane gas leaks. Birds are very sensitive to these fumes, and die, and this is indeed what happened in Austin, TX. Were it not for the explosions associated with gas leaks, it would be common knowledge that gas leaks sicken, as the body was not structured to breathe such air for long.   EOZT

 

Zetatalk Explanation  (January 8th, 2011)

Dead fish and birds falling from the sky are being reported worldwide, suddenly. This is not a local affair, obviously. Dead birds have been reported in Sweden and N America, and dead fish in N America, Brazil, and New Zealand. Methane is known to cause bird dead, and as methane rises when released during Earth shifting, will float upward through the flocks of birds above. But can this be the cause of dead fish? If birds are more sensitive than humans to methane release, fish are likewise sensitive to changes in the water, as anyone with an aquarium will attest. Those schools of fish caught in rising methane bubbles during sifting of rock layers beneath them will inevitably be affected. Fish cannot, for instance, hold their breath until the emergency passes! Nor do birds have such a mechanism.   EOZT

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Comment by Starr DiGiacomo yesterday

https://www.dorsetecho.co.uk/news/18823561.dead-dolphins-seal-wash-...

Dead dolphins and seal wash ashore at Chesil Beach, Portland

10-27-2020

"Every storm brings in a pile of litter which is a threat to wildlife on beaches around the UK," he said. "However it is a threat to wildlife when it is in the sea as well."

Residents have flooded social media with comments following the discovery of the dolphins and animals, describing the scenes as 'heartbreaking'.

Anyone who finds a marine mammal washed up should report it as soon as possible by calling Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620 or emailing kimmeridge@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk.

It is helpful if you can include a photograph of the animal but do not touch it as they can carry diseases.

DEAD dolphins, a seal and sea birds have washed up on a Portland beach, along with piles of litter and debris, among strong winds.

At least three dolphin carcasses and what is reported to be one or more dead seals were spotted washed ashore Chesil Beach before being dragged back out to sea by rough waves. A sea bird was also spotted on the beach with its wing trapped in rope.

Wyke Regis resident Dave Taylor spotted the distressing sight at around 2pm yesterday whilst walking on Chesil Beach, opposite Quiddles restaurant.

Mr Taylor said: There were several dead dolphins in various states.

"The dead bird made me sad as you can actually see cause of death as its wing is wrapped in rope.

"The sea is awash with boat waste. 'Sammy' the Weymouth seal had fishing line wrapped around him a few weeks back and I found a gull over at the Fleet tangled up in line with lead fishing weights attached. Luckily someone took him home as I had the dogs. It's so sad."

Mr Taylor said people on Chesil Beach said they had seen a dead seal, but that it was hard to tell due to the amount of rubbish washed up on the beach.

Yesterday Dorset Wildlife Trust said it is aware of dead sea mammals including dolphins and seals in the water at Chesil Beach.

Marc Kativu-Smith, manager at the Dorset Wildlife Trust Chesil Beach Centre, is keeping a close eye on the situation.

He said: "We've been alerted to a number of dead mammals believed to be dolphins and a seal floating in the water just off Chesil Beach.

"We're unable to comment on the cause of death until they wash ashore. We will investigate and report any concerns to the Cetacean Strandings Investigation Programme (CSIP), which looks into the causes of death of cetaceans around the country.

"The Natural History Museum may also come down and investigate."

He added that litter on beaches is of 'major concern' and that the organisation holds regular beach cleans to tackle the issue.

"Every storm brings in a pile of litter which is a threat to wildlife on beaches around the UK," he said. "However it is a threat to wildlife when it is in the sea as well."

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on Saturday

https://www.wthr.com/article/life/animals/thousands-of-dead-seal-pu...

Thousands of dead seal pups wash ashore in west Africa

The pups were found at Pelican Point peninsula, a Namibian tourist destination known for its colony of seals and school of dolphins.
10:45 AM EDT October 23, 2020

WALVIS BAY, Namibia — Thousands of dead seal pups were washed ashore on the coast of Namibia in October, as conservation experts warned Friday that more were still being found. 

Footage taken by Ocean Conservation Namibia from the week of Oct. 15 shows the coast of the south-western African country dotted with more than 5,000 dead seal pups.

The pups were found at Pelican Point peninsula, a tourist destination in Walvis Bay known for its colony of seals and school of dolphins. The conservation group estimated that as many as 12,000 in total had been aborted by their mothers off the Namibian coast. 

Namibia's ministry of fisheries said researchers had noticed higher than normal numbers of seal abortions at Pelican Point but could not establish a reason or give numbers. 

The conservation group said starvation is the most probable cause as fish, the seals' main source of food, have moved from Pelican Point. It said other reasons could be toxins or diseases, but nothing could be confirmed without proper study. 

A similar tragedy occurred in 1994 when starvation led to the loss of about a third of the seal population at Pelican Point.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on October 14, 2020 at 6:20pm

https://www.lifegate.com/kamchatka-ecological-disaster

Kamchatka, an ecological disaster is causing mass death of marine wildlife

13 October 2020

Toxic substances in Kamchatka’s waters have killed 95% of marine fauna and caused health problems for surfers. The causes, however, are still unknown.

Over the past few weeks, the sea surrounding the Kamchatka peninsula in Russia‘s far east has been coated in a yellowish foam. Beaches are littered with dead animals and several surfers have fallen ill. The causes of this ongoing environmental disaster are still unknown. Some speak of natural causes, some blame a pesticide waste plant and others say it could be related to Russian missiles from nearby military facilities.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on October 13, 2020 at 2:05am

https://www.wsfltv.com/news/national/large-numbers-of-dead-birds-ha...

Large numbers of dead birds have been found all over parts of the Southwest U.S., say researchers

Oct 12, 2020

Right now there is a mystery taking place over the Southwest United States.

Hundreds of thousands of birds have been found dead since the beginning of September, according to wildlife experts in New Mexico and Colorado, where some of the most have been reported.

“[It’s] really strange. Literally, birds dropping out of the sky type of thing,” said Alison Holloran, the executive director Autubon Rockies. “I actually got emails from Texas and New Mexico as well, where they’re also seeing larger numbers of die-offs.”

The crowdsourcing website inaturalist.org has become a spot for people to post pictures of birds they have found as a way to provide more information to biologists and wildlife experts working to figure out why this is happening.

The site reports more than 1,000 incidents have been reported involving 191 different bird species.

“This is a very strange event,” said Travis Duncan, a spokesman with Colorado Parks and Wildlife. “Heavy smoke from the wildfires may have played a part in creating navigation challenges for the birds.”

Duncan says biologists are still performing necropsies to determine a cause, but he says all signs point to a combination of the wildfires raging across the western United States and an early-season cold front at the beginning of September that brought snow and freezing temperatures to parts of the Midwest and Southwest.

Duncan says it may have caused the birds’ main food source, which is insects, to die off, forcing these birds to migrate without enough fat and weight to keep them safe once the cold front hit.

“This is a web of life. You pull one little string and the whole rope is going to move,” said Holloran.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on October 12, 2020 at 11:56pm

http://www.thebigwobble.org/2020/10/whats-up-with-birds-turtle-dove...

10 October 2020

What's up with the birds? Turtle Doves and Pidgeons dying along the Roman coast; 1,500 birds flew into some of Philly’s tallest skyscrapers one-day last week: Thousands of migrotory birds not showing up in Australia and maybe millions more dead in US and Russia

Alfred Hitchcock's horror film "The Birds."

In recent days The Big Wobble has been reporting the deaths of maybe millions of birds from migratory shorebird colony failing to arrive in south-east Australia in time for the start of the breeding season for the second straight year. TBW
 
Or the APOCALYPTIC scenario which has unfolded in a secretive nuclear city in Russia where hundreds of dead birds suddenly plummeted from the sky and lay scattered on streets. The mysterious mass die-off of crows above a secretive nuclear Russian city has sent the internet into meltdown.TBW
 
Or the huge numbers of migratory birds which began dropping dead in the southwestern US. Normally, birds don't just die in plain sight. But the winged creatures are being found on bike paths and roads, hiking trails and driveways as if they plopped down from the sky. So what's going on?

Researchers are scrambling to explain why hundreds of thousands, maybe even millions, of birds, are suddenly being found dead across wide swaths of New Mexico, Colorado, Nebraska, Arizona and Texas in recent weeks. TBW 

Or the 1,500 birds who for some reason flew into some of Philly’s tallest skyscrapers one-day last week. The slaughter shook bird-watchers to the core. The Philidelphia Enquirer

A new mystery is now evolving in along the Roman coast in Italy...
 
It has been happening for about 3 weeks now. On the Roman coast, there is a strange death of birds, from turtle doves to pigeons. In a period of a pandemic, nothing can be underestimated, much less mysterious animal deaths. "For some time we have been witnessing a truly strange phenomenon - says Mario Russo D’Auria, president of the Progetto Futuro association, a hunter with experience in breeding and cultivation in Fiumicino.
 
We find turtledoves with no more energy, dying. They do not have the strength to fly, they are unable to move away from humans when we approach the ground. It is not a natural behaviour for turtledoves, far from it. And shortly after we find them dead on the ground. Those that mice or other animals that frequent the drainage canals do not [eat] them ".
 
We are not talking about a single episode, nor about a limited number of victims, nor about a phenomenon that happened in a short time. "By now - explains Russo D’Auria - it has been happening for weeks. And I am available to the local health authorities if you ever want to investigate the situation ”. In support of the worried declarations of Mario Russo D’Auria, there are reports in the countryside between Ardea and Aprilia, a few kilometres south of Fiumicino.
 
The sudden death of pigeons involved the entire area, with findings quite distant from each other. What is happening? Is it a natural phenomenon or should we worry? Are they toxic substances scattered on the land and therefore poisoning or viruses? For now, the alarm has been raised, now it will be up to the authorities to clarify. Il Faro
Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on September 26, 2020 at 7:59am

https://www.rt.com/russia/501308-birds-fall-from-sky-russia/

Apocalyptic scene in nuclear Russian city as birds fall from sky & lie scattered around streets (VIDEO)

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on September 22, 2020 at 7:19am

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/09/21/hundreds-whales-strande...

Up to 90 whales dead and 180 more stranded off coast of Australia as rescue mission begins

Such a large group has not been seen in Tasmania for more than a decade

Up to 90 whales have died and 180 more are still stranded in a remote bay in southern Australia as a "challenging" rescue operation began on Tuesday.

Scientists said two large pods of long-finned pilot whales became stuck on sandbars in Macquarie Harbour, on Tasmania's rugged and sparsely populated west coast.

Images showed shallow water thick with scores of the large slick-black mammals manoeuvering for space.

Government marine biologist Kris Carlyon said "about a third" of the animals were dead by Monday and rescuing survivors would be a "challenging" task likely to take several days.

Though mass whale strandings occur relatively often in Tasmania, such a large group has not been seen in the area for more than a decade.

The animals are only accessible by boat, limiting the number of rescuers who can reach them.

About 60 people - including volunteers and local fish farm workers - are involved in the rescue attempt.

They are battling cold, wet conditions as well as the harbour's unusual tides which are dictated by barometric pressure.

"In terms of mass whale strandings in Tasmania, this is up there with the trickiest," Carlyon told reporters in the nearby town of Strahan.

However, Carlyon said many of the partially submerged whales should be able to survive for the several days it would take his team to complete the task, in part due to the inclement weather.

"It's pretty ugly for people on the ground but as far as the whales go its ideal - it's keeping them wet, it's keeping them cool," he said.

Carlyon said rescuers would still have to "triage" the whales, prioritising the healthiest and most accessible.

Most of a 30-strong group on a nearby beach were found dead Monday, while about 60 other whales on the sandbars are also believed to have since died.

Once the whales are returned to the water, Carlyon said, the biggest challenge will be herding the social creatures out of the sandbar-riddled harbour and back into the open ocean.

Scientists said it was unclear what caused the latest stranding, but have suggested the pod may have gone off track after feeding close to the shoreline or by following one or two whales that strayed.

The latest stranding comes as a humpback whale that was stuck in a tropical river in Australia's ... after more than two weeks.

Public broadcaster ABC reported the creature, which spent 17 days in the crocodile-infested waters of Kakadu National Park, has been spotted in open seas off Darwin.

Scientists had been weighing options for guiding the humpback to safety after it became the first known whale to travel up the muddy river, but were relieved when it returned to sea on its own.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on September 21, 2020 at 7:09pm

https://www.aspentimes.com/news/local/hundreds-of-dead-birds-in-eag...

Hundreds of dead birds in Eagle County

When nature writer David Gessner published his most recent book Aug. 11, he mourned our disappearing bird populations.

“As I type this, it is being reported that we have almost a third fewer birds in the world than we did in 1970,” Gessner writes. “Take a moment and consider this fact: our birds are disappearing.”

Within weeks of the book’s release, a massive die-off would begin to sweep the western United States, with an uncountable number of birds plummeting from the sky in mid-flight. Ornithologists say hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of birds have been lost over the past month.

Many are realizing now just how widespread the event has been, as social media has helped bird watchers and avian ecologists connect the dots.


“It brings up the question: What else is contributing to the odd behavior we’re seeing in birds, and the large number of deaths we’re seeing in birds? And so it could be related to the fires, some birds may have had to change their migratory routes, they may have been forced to leave early, they may have inhaled smoke and had some damage to their lungs.”Martha DesmondProfessor, New Mexico State University


A Facebook post on Eagle County Classifieds saw more than 75 reports from locals who have seen dead birds near their homes.

“I saw easily a dozen dead songbirds along the Riverwalk bike path and in nearby yards the day after that cold front blew through a week and a half or so ago,” wrote Tim O’Donnell. “The very strong wind was destructive to limbs and trees.”

WILSON’S WARBLER

In Eagle County, the most commonly reported dead bird has been the Wilson’s warbler, which is yellow. Dead yellow-rumped warblers also have been a common sight.

Vail resident David Pleshaw, who photographed a yellow-rumped warbler that had died outside of his home, said the bird felt like it was of a weak composition.

“Seems like it’s just features and bones, not much muscle at all,” Pleshaw said.

And in a separate observation, “Last year at this time, I had those big mosquito bugs at my house by the river,” Pleshaw said. “I haven’t seen any this year.”

Local bird watcher Mark Vodopich has been observing different species of birds in the Eagle River Valley for nearly three decades. He agreed with Pleshaw’s logic.

“Warblers eat insects. They’re not seed eaters,” Vodopich said. “If the cold snap affected their food sources, where they would normally be able to stopover for a day or two and fatten back up, and they can’t do that, then they’re in big trouble.”

Vodopich said he saw a Wilson’s warbler fly into a window and die right in front of him the other day while visiting a home in Lake Creek.

Birds flying into windows was a common thread in the local comments; others reported seeing birds falling from above.

It also sounds like the die-off is not yet over.

“This morning I was driving on I-70 and saw a crow literally drop out of the sky,” local Elizabeth Boles wrote Saturday. “Had to confirm what I saw with my boyfriend.”

‘THEY MAY HAVE INHALED SMOKE’

In other areas of the West, however, the reports of bird die-offs were coming in well before the Sept. 9 to 12 cold snap.

“In August, large numbers of birds were found dead at White Sands Missile Range and at the White Sands National Monument in what was thought to be an isolated incident,” reported the Sun News in Las Cruces, New Mexico. “After that, however, came reports of birds behaving strangely and dying in numerous locations in Doña Ana County, Jemez Pueblo, Roswell, Socorro and other locations statewide. The affected birds have included warblers, sparrows, swallows, blackbirds, flycatchers, and the western wood pewee.”

For ornithologists like Martha Desmond, professor at New Mexico State University’s Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology, the fact that the die-off was happening before the cold snap is a disturbing sign.

“We started seeing this before the weather event happened, that in itself is troubling,” Desmond told WBUR Radio. “It brings up the question: What else is contributing to the odd behavior we’re seeing in birds, and the large number of deaths we’re seeing in birds? And so it could be related to the fires, some birds may have had to change their migratory routes, they may have been forced to leave early, they may have inhaled smoke and had some damage to their lungs.”

Desmond is leading the research team documenting the migratory bird die-off in New Mexico and wants to hear about dead birds in Colorado, as well. People with photos are encouraged to start an account at inaturalist.org/projects/southwest-avian-mortality-project to contribute.

“What we’re trying to do is get an idea of the scope, so we have a platform where people can contribute what they’ve seen,” Desmond told the Glenwood Springs Post Independent.

NO 5G IN EAGLE COUNTY, YET

One thing that is not killing the birds over Vail is 5G cellular service in Eagle County. That technology is not yet here.

While the town of Vail has towers that could provide 5G, that level of cellular service is not being utilized in those towers. And on the other side of Dowd Junction, the towers are not yet equipped for 5G.

But as attorney Haley Carmer pointed out to the Avon Town Council at a 5G work session in August, those towers are probably coming soon.

“Taking action now to prohibit installation or make it more difficult to install it would basically just result in the town getting sued,” Carmer said.

Avon IT Manager Robert McKenner said 5G is probably a year away in Eagle County.

“Sprint, right now, is advertising 5G, but there is no 5G in the valley yet,” McKenner said. “Aspen has 5G, and it is coming this way.”

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on September 16, 2020 at 5:35pm

http://www.thebigwobble.org/2020/09/baja-california-sur-mexico-berm...

Wednesday, 16 September 2020

Baja California Sur, Mexico; The Bermuda Triangle of dead marine life; Mexican authorities are investigating after 137 dead sea lions washed up on a beach with no sign of how they died. The country's office for environmental protection has said the animals do not have injuries from getting caught up in fishing nets or lines.

Mexican authorities are investigating after 137 dead sea lions washed up on a beach with no sign of how they died. The country's office for environmental protection has said the animals do not have injuries from getting caught up in fishing nets or lines. There are also no marks on their bodies from possible collisions with boats.
 
Both scenarios are common causes of sea lion deaths or injuries. The environmental protection office said tissue samples had been collected from some of the bodies for analysis to determine how the animals died. The bodies were found along an 80 mile (130km) stretch of coast in the area of Comondu, in Baja California Sur state. California sea lions are a protected species in Mexico but are not considered to be in danger of extinction there. MSN
 
Baja California has long been an area of unusual mass marine die-offs, in February 2017, a red tide algae bloom was blamed for the death of nearly a 100 turtles off the coast of La Paz. The Federal Environmental Protection Agency (Profepa) reported that the specimens had no evidence of fishing gear or any human activity, saying that the cause of death was the Red Tide. Each of the turtles found had been dead for more than 8 days, a further 3 tons of krill were also found dead in the area.
 
On the 17th July 2017, Bcs Notacios reported- 7 dead whales found on the coast of Baja California Sur, Mexico.
 

 In February 2018,54 dolphins were found stranded in the Bay Of Lapaz, Baja, California Sur Experts and helpers tried in vain to save the dolphins but 24 died. And on the same day 11 dolphins were found dead along the coast of Mazatlan, Mexico.
As usual in these circumstances, officials were left puzzled as to why the dolphins died. 

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on September 15, 2020 at 9:07am

https://heraldcourier.com/news/national/article_64d2af33-f832-5b44-...

Hundreds of thousands of migratory birds found dead in New Mexico. Nobody knows why

  • Sep 15, 2020

Biologists at New Mexico State University are trying to find out why hundreds of thousands of migratory birds have been found dead across the state.

The mystery started Aug. 20 with the discovery of a large number of dead birds at the US Army White Sands Missile Range and White Sands National Monument, according to Martha Desmond, a professor at the university's department of fish, wildlife and conservation ecology.

What was first believed to be an isolated incident turned out to be a much more serious problem when hundreds more dead birds were found in regions across the state. including Doña Ana County, Jemez Pueblo, Roswell and Socorro.

"It's just terrible," Desmond told CNN. "The number is in the six figures. Just by looking at the scope of what we're seeing, we know this is a very large event, hundreds of thousands and maybe even millions of dead birds, and we're looking at the higher end of that."

Dead migratory birds -- which include species such as warblers, bluebirds, sparrows, blackbirds, the western wood pewee and flycatchers -- are also being found in Colorado, Texas and Mexico.

Residents and biologists reported seeing birds acting strangely before they died. For example, birds that are normally seen in shrubs and trees have been spotted on the ground looking for food and chasing bugs.

Many were lethargic and unresponsive so they were getting hit by cars, Desmond said, in numbers "larger than ever seen before."

Possible reasons

One of the factors biologists believe may have contributed to the deaths of the birds is the wildfires burning in California and other Western states, which may have forced the birds into early migration before they were ready.

"Birds who migrated before they were ready because of the weather might have not had enough fat to survive," Desmond said. "Some birds might have not even had the reserves to start migrating so they died in place."

Some birds might have had to change their migratory pathways, while others could have inhaled smoke and sustained lung damage.

While the fires and dry weather in New Mexico may have amplified the number of migratory bird deaths, that still leaves many questions.

"We began seeing isolated mortalities in August, so something else has been going on aside the weather events and we don't know what it is. So that in itself is really troubling," she added.

The birds will be sent to the US Fish and Wildlife Service Forensics Laboratory in Oregon for necropsies and to determine their cause of death, but it could take weeks to get results.

"This is devastating. Climate charge is playing a role in this." Desmond said. "We lost 3 billion birds in the US since 1970 and we've also seen a tremendous decline in insects, so an event like this is terrifying to these populations and it's devastating to see."

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