The Press Association
Environmental service workers in the US have been picking up the carcasses of about 2,000 red-winged blackbirds that fell dead from the sky in a central Arkansas town.
The birds had fallen on Friday night over a one-mile area of Beebe, 40 miles from Little Rock, and an aerial survey indicated that no other dead birds were found outside of that area.
The workers from US Environmental Services started the clean-up on Saturday, and confirmed the last dead bird was removed at 11am on Sunday morning.
Arkansas Game and Fish Commission ornithologist Karen Rowe said the birds showed signs of physical trauma, and speculated that "the flock could have been hit by lightning or high-altitude hail".
The commission said that New Year's Eve revellers launching fireworks could have startled the birds from their roost and caused them to die from stress.
The story at the above link also states that speculation on the cause of the birds' deaths is not focusing on disease or poisoning. That would be a bit premature in my view.
So, sign of the apocalypse or something more down to earth? YOU decide