Arkansas bird carcasses being sent for testing

3,000 red-winged blackbirds had fallen down from sky on New Year`s Eve.

Updated: Jan 03, 2011, 23:30 PM IST

Beebe: Wildlife experts are trying
to solve an apocalyptic-type mystery: Why did nearly 3,000
red-winged blackbirds tumble from the Arkansas sky on New
Year`s Eve?

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission says laboratories
in Arkansas, Georgia and Wisconsin will examine some carcasses
starting today. Results could be back in a week.

Commission spokesman Keith Stephens says the birds fell
in an area about a mile long and a half-mile wide. Commission
ornithologist Karen Rowe says the flock could have been hit by
lightning or high-altitude hail, or may have been startled by

It`s not the first time birds have dropped.