If a single dead bird is a bad omen, then what are the 1,000 dead birds that fell from the sky in Arkansas this past weekend? It is especially frightening on New Years Day -- a day that is already fraught with meaning. What does that say about the year to come?
Different news reports have different numbers, but the number of birds that fell was well over 1,000 according to most and as yet, there is no good explanation. Pretty terrifying, really. The birds had fallen Friday night over a 1-mile area of Beebe, Arkansas and an aerial survey indicated that no other dead birds were found outside of that area. According to the Huffington Post:
The workers from U.S. Environmental Services started the cleanup Saturday...The workers wore the suits as a matter of routine and not out of fear that the birds might be contaminated. Speculation on the cause is not focusing on disease or poisoning.
1,000 dead birds on the first day of the new year (1/1/11). Does anyone else think this is a bad omen?
Only time will tell, of course, but it is a bit of an uneasy to start to a time of the year that usually filled with such promise and hope. Our new beginning came at the end for more than 1,000 birds. And while time and the way we mark it is merely a construct, it is still an unsettling way to start 2011.