As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Wednesday 3 July 2019

Birds fall from sky

by Sophie Rishworth Published: June 21, 2019 1:10PM
Poisoning suspected in mass bird deaths.
Residents of Attlee Place were left shocked and confused when more than 60 birds, among them sparrows, a thrush and a mynah, dropped dead over four hours yesterday morning.
The birds were lying dead or dying all around the complex of inner city flats in a suspected mass poisoning.
Residents said they noticed birds acting strangely, flying low and all over the place, when they woke up yesterday. By lunchtime more than 60 sparrows were dead and one myna bird.
Lisa Ririnui said she has lived there for almost 10 years and had never seen anything like it.
“They’re struggling to stay alive, it’s weird, and very uncommon.”
Another resident saw them “dropping out of the trees” to fall dead on the ground.
“We’ve got cats and children and are very worried they are going to pick up these dead birds.” Gisborne District Council (GDC) confirmed it was not a council operation. The dead birds were picked up for disposal yesterday afternoon.
The council contractor would visit Attlee Place again today in case there were further casualties.
GDC team leader of biodiversity Phil Karaitiana took a couple of the birds to the vet to determine the cause of death and what poison may have been used.

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