No one knows why more than 200 red-winged blackbirds fell from the sky in South Jersey. Just ahead of Thanksgiving, scores of dead birds rained down on Cumberland County. It was the second time in less than a month that saw birds mysteriously die, with a similar incident occurring in a North Jersey farming area earlier this year.
“They just fell from the sky,” New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection spokesperson Larry Hanja told philly.com. Following the most recent incident, DEP’s division of Fish and Wildlife cleaned up the birds and collected some to send off to the state lab for necropsy, toxicology and histopathology tests. READ MORE