Kevin Robinson Pensacola News Journal
Published 8:00 AM EST Feb 8, 2020
More than two dozen birds were found dead on a Pensacola sidewalk Friday, and there are no immediate answers as to why.
The birds were concentrated at the southeast corner of Jefferson and Intendencia streets, though people reported others on surroundings streets and canopies. A crowd of stunned, heartbroken onlookers gathered and tried to puzzle out among themselves what happened.
Phillip Darby, a professor of wildlife ecology at the University of West Florida, didn't see the carnage first-hand, but he said his educated guess was that the birds had crashed into a building.
He said birds tend to follow a pretty set migratory path, and that if there is new construction along the route — particularly large buildings with lots of glass — birds can be disoriented by reflections of trees or the sky and crash into them as a flock.
Still, onlookers at nearby businesses said they hadn't heard any collision, and there didn't seemed to be any visible damage to windows.