Once again, birds are mysteriously dropping out of the sky dead, and, as always, the media treats it as if this continuing mystery is happening for the first time. This time, the mystery is unfolding in Winnepeg, Manitoba in Canada. Roughly 40 dread grackles were collected last Wednesday and given to the province’s chief veterinarian. 20 more were found on the roof of a building, most dead and others in death throes. An initial examination of the birds’ stomach contents did not reveal anything abnormal, and further toxicology tests are being undertaken at this time.

In 2012, thousands of dead birds were reported in California, Arkansas, Louisiana, Kentucky and Missouri. Hundreds more dead birds were discovered in Italy, and dozens of birds fell from the sky in Sweden. Massive fish kills were reported in Brazil and New Zealand, while England experienced an estimated 40,000 dead crabs washing onto its beaches and thousands of dead fish washed up in Chesapeake Bay. 

None of these incidents were ever explained. It is to be hoped that Canadian authorities will eventually release a report explaining what happened to the birds in Winnipeg.

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