Flock of birds found dead in road 'like a scene from The X-Files'

The dead starlings in Beaumont Road, Ladybridge

The dead starlings in Beaumont Road, Ladybridge

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THE mystery appearance of a flock of dead birds in the middle of a busy road has left Ladybridge residents baffled.

Between 20 and 30 dead starlings appeared in Beaumont Road, near the Britannia Hotel, on Sunday afternoon.

Eyewitnesses reported hearing a loud bang before finding the birds in an "X-Files-like" experience, as if they had “fallen from the sky”.

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds has said it is unlikely they flew into a poisonous air trail as their injuries would be less uniform.

A spokesman said the low-flying birds, which tend to travel in a tight flock, could have been hit by a vehicle or been confused or dazzled and flown into one.

Craig Clarkson, aged 39, who was in Beaumont Road shortly after the birds first appeared, said there were nearly 100 of them, with some lying still alive in the road.

The RSPB spokesman said: “I have heard of a previous discovery of a group of dead starlings, and it was never really established how they got there.

"The most likely reason is that they confused and flew into something, or were dazzled.

“Or they may have been hit by a lorry at speed as they were cutting across the road. They do fly low enough for that.”


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Mr Clarkson added: “A guy told us he had heard a loud bang and then found these birds outside.

“It was really weird, like something out of the X-Files.”

Kayleigh Knott, from Farnworth, who was visiting a friend in the area, said: “I’ve heard of things like this happening elsewhere and they’ve never found an explanation.

“This is just so unusual and people need to know why this has happened.”

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10:04am Wed 12 Mar 14

heaton watcher says...

The X-files comes to Bolton!
The X-files comes to Bolton! heaton watcher
  • Score: -8

11:32am Wed 12 Mar 14

Beyond News Forum says...

HAARP - Jupiter Ignition - Earth F@rt - Sun Flare - Doom On!
HAARP - Jupiter Ignition - Earth F@rt - Sun Flare - Doom On! Beyond News Forum
  • Score: -3

12:47pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Jackael says...

hit by a plane !!
hit by a plane !! Jackael
  • Score: -5

2:09pm Wed 12 Mar 14

FreedomOfSpeech1945 says...

Aliens are already here
Aliens are already here FreedomOfSpeech1945
  • Score: 5

2:14pm Wed 12 Mar 14

gigglebox3 says...

"hit by a plane" - it must have been the malaysian airliner!
"hit by a plane" - it must have been the malaysian airliner! gigglebox3
  • Score: -11

2:49pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Donkey Stone says...

How many birds constitute a flock?
How many birds constitute a flock? Donkey Stone
  • Score: 3

4:48pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Rememberscarborough says...

heaton watcher wrote:
The X-files comes to Bolton!
If Gillian Anderson's around I'll believe in anything you like!!
[quote][p][bold]heaton watcher[/bold] wrote: The X-files comes to Bolton![/p][/quote]If Gillian Anderson's around I'll believe in anything you like!! Rememberscarborough
  • Score: 1

5:22pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Reebok Rhythm says...

Quite a bizarre phenomenon! Obviously not chemtrails as the government denies knowledge and I'm not sure about pesticides. To suggest that this flock of birds were hit by vehicles is absurd!
Quite a bizarre phenomenon! Obviously not chemtrails as the government denies knowledge and I'm not sure about pesticides. To suggest that this flock of birds were hit by vehicles is absurd! Reebok Rhythm
  • Score: 5

12:19am Thu 13 Mar 14

mr.mark.c says...

It was me, I ****.
It was me, I ****. mr.mark.c
  • Score: 0

12:19am Thu 13 Mar 14

mr.mark.c says...

mr.mark.c wrote:
It was me, I ****.
F a r t e d
[quote][p][bold]mr.mark.c[/bold] wrote: It was me, I ****.[/p][/quote]F a r t e d mr.mark.c
  • Score: -1

7:25am Thu 13 Mar 14

Smilejani says...

I was there when it happened I was about 5 cars back. I saw them in a large flock in a nearby tree then they all flew together in front of a car in front of me,I think they flew a bit too low. The next minute they where all over the road it was very upsetting for me as I love birds to see so many killed. I could not bring myself to drive forward I put my hazard warning lights on for a while until I was forced to drive as there was a build up of traffic behind me.
I was there when it happened I was about 5 cars back. I saw them in a large flock in a nearby tree then they all flew together in front of a car in front of me,I think they flew a bit too low. The next minute they where all over the road it was very upsetting for me as I love birds to see so many killed. I could not bring myself to drive forward I put my hazard warning lights on for a while until I was forced to drive as there was a build up of traffic behind me. Smilejani
  • Score: 0

12:32pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Darrennz says...

Murmuring turned murdering, silly beggars probably thought they were being hunted
Murmuring turned murdering, silly beggars probably thought they were being hunted Darrennz
  • Score: 0

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