A driver heading home was left disturbed by an “eerie sight” as she came across hundreds of dead birds lying on the road.
Michaela Pritchard was traveling from Waterston and Hazelbeach in Pembrokeshire when she stumbled upon the horrifying scene on Thursday evening.
What caused the 200 birds to suddenly drop from the sky is still unknown, with some suggesting the Dragon LNG plant close by as a possible explanation.
One man said he heard a huge bang before seven or eight birds fell rained down on his vehicle in nearby Waterston, Wales Online reports.
There has been speculation over other theories that led to the deaths of the animals, including electrocution or being pursued by a bird of prey before hitting the road surface.
Michaela said she didn’t hang around as it was such an eerie sight and instead phoned Pembrokeshire council to report what she’d seen. She said the birds were already dead when she came across them at around 8pm.
Ian Mccaffrey works in Waterston and said some birds fell out of the sky onto his car just after he heard a large “electrical-type” bang. He said: “When I left work last night [Thursday] I heard a bang and then a load of birds landed on my car.”
He reckoned at least six landed on the ground and added: “Every now and again you will hear a bang that is coming from what I think is a crow-scarer that farmers use. However this bang was more like an electrical bang – not quite as loud as lightning but similar.
“It’s like there were hundreds of birds in the sky and all of a sudden they just died and fell to the ground. It was quite surreal last night to be honest with you – not something I have ever experienced before.”
Claire Eaton, who lives close to the road, went out at 11pm and said it was “traumatic” to see. She thought the birds had “died on impact” and even managed to scoop one of the stunned birds up and take it home, still alive. She’s planning to release it later today.
“About an hour before I was at Neyland Marina walking my dog and I saw a big flash and I didn’t think anything of it,” she said. “Maybe something spooked them and they flew into the pylons.”
The nature lover said she strongly believed that whatever was behind the incident was “manmade”. She added: “I feel quite passionate about it – I think we should respect wildlife more in general.”
A spokesperson for Dragon LNG said there had been nothing unusual at the plant on Thursday and it was carrying on work as normal. She added: “It’s in the vicinity but it’s normal operations at Dragon LNG. There was nothing different at the plant.”
Pembrokeshire Council said it was aware of the incident. A spokesman added: “We received a call at around 9pm on February 10 regarding a number of dead starlings on the Hazelbeach Road, Waterston.
“Officers attended the site and there were around 200 starlings found dead on the road. The authority undertook a clean-up and removed the dead birds from site.
“There is no clear indication as to the cause of these deaths. We have reported the incident to the Animal and Plant Health Agency.”
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