Dead birds discovered near Huntsville

LIMESTONE COUNTY, AL (WBRC) - Dozens of dead black birds litter the snowy roadside of I-65 in Limestone County near Tanner. Groups of dead birds have been making headlines since thousands of lifeless red-winged blackbirds were discovered in an Arkansas town Dec. 31.

The dead birds found in Alabama show clear signs of trauma, according to Bill Gates, a biologist with the area's national wildlife refure. He theorizes that the flock could have flown into a passing truck and perished.

"If something happened to scare them up, and they tried to fly across the road in a flock and a semi or something like that could've hit them," Gates said.

The bodies of the birds will be sent to Wisconsin for examination. Results should be available after one to two months.

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