Mystery as dead birds plummet from the sky and rain on traffic


Michaela Pritchard was traveling between Waterston and Hazelbeach in Pembrokeshire, Wales, on Thursday night when she faced a “massacre” with hundreds of dead birds falling from the sky

The death of the starlings remains a mystery
The death of the starlings remains a mystery

Hundreds of birds plummeted from the sky and rained on traffic bewildering many as to the reason why.

The “eerie sight” was a shocking thing to witness for one woman as she stumbled on the sight lying in the street.

Michaela Pritchard was traveling on Thursday night when she was greeted by what she described as a “massacre.”

As she traveled between Waterston and Hazelbeach in Pembrokeshire, Wales, she came across the disturbing sight on Thursday evening.

She estimated around 200 birds had fallen from the sky suddenly and some people suggested the nearby Dragon LNG plant as a possible cause, which the company denied.

One man added he heard a loud bang before seven or eight birds rained down on his car in nearby Waterston.

WalesOnline reports suggestions of other theories for why the birds had died, including electrocution or being chased by a bird of prey at dusk before hitting the road surface.

Dead starlings on the road in Pembrokeshire, Wales
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Michaela Pritchard)

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 they 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.”

Mr McCaffrey 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.”

Dead starlings fell from the sky
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Michaela Pritchard)

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”.

Ms Eaton 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.

They added: “It’s in the vicinity but it is 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 the 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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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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