6:00am Wednesday 12th March 2014 in News
Exclusive By Jeremy Culley, reporter
THE mystery appearance of a flock of dead birds in the middle of a busy road has left Ladybridge residents baffled.
Between 20 and 30 dead starlings appeared in Beaumont Road, near the Britannia Hotel, on Sunday afternoon.
Eyewitnesses reported hearing a loud bang before finding the birds in an "X-Files-like" experience, as if they had “fallen from the sky”.
The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds has said it is unlikely they flew into a poisonous air trail as their injuries would be less uniform.
A spokesman said the low-flying birds, which tend to travel in a tight flock, could have been hit by a vehicle or been confused or dazzled and flown into one.
Craig Clarkson, aged 39, who was in Beaumont Road shortly after the birds first appeared, said there were nearly 100 of them, with some lying still alive in the road.