Just days following the 3,000 plus flock of black birds that fell to the ground of Arkansas, motorists in sections of Louisiana Parish on Monday drove through a similar incident. A quarter mile stretch of roadway on Louisiana's Route 1, in Pointe Coupee Parish, was the site where 500 red winged blackbirds and starlings fell to the ground.
Biologists are investigating the cause of the flock's demise. Preliminary investigations concluded the birds died as a result of internal injuries and blood clotting issues, reporting similar findings as the Arkansas Department of Wildlife and Fisheries findings with the birds found in Beebe, Arkansas.
The birds from Point Coupee Parish will be sent for further testing at laboratories in Georgia and Wisconsin. Results from the studies could take weeks.