Mystery of dead starlings solved

Mystery of dead starlings solved

Mystery of dead starlings solved

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THE mysterious death of a flock of birds — found in the middle of a busy road — has been solved by a keen birdwatcher.

Between 20 and 30 dead starlings appeared in Beaumont Road, near the Britannia Hotel, Ladybridge, in scenes reminiscent of the X-files, according to onlookers.

Early theories about how the birds came by their deaths included the possibility they had flown into a poisonous air trail.

But now keen birdwatcher, Carl Lysyj, of Blackthorne Close in Heaton, has put paid to any theories after revealing he witnessed the flock of birds fly into oncoming traffic.

Mr Lysys, aged 62, said: “I noticed that the initial story described the scene as a mystery, but it wasn’t a mystery to me.

“My wife and I were driving to the garden centre in Wigan Road and were just before the Britannia Hotel in Beaumont Road when we saw the flock fly off the top of Rumworth Lodge.

“It was horrible because as they birds dipped low, we could see what was going to happen, they flew straight into oncoming traffic and I think a large white van took the brunt of it, after that, the remaining birds just flew up and away.

“As a keen birdwatcher, which I have been for my entire life, it was not a pleasant thing to see.”

Starlings, who have the latin name Stumus Vulgaris, are widespread in the UK and known for their fast, direct style of flight and can often be seen wheeling and swooping in unison, which is known as a murmuration.

However, RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch, which took place in January, revealed in there were changes to the top 10 most common garden birds in Greater Manchester, with starlings dropping from third to fourth place in the last 12 months.

There were just under two recorded per garden.

Blue tits moved up from fourth to second, while the previous occupier of the second spot, blackbirds, dropped to number three. Sparrows remained at the top of the table.

A spokesperson for Bolton Council said the remaining dead birds had been successfully cleaned up from Beaumont Road.

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6:59am Fri 28 Mar 14

Tharweb says...

The council could have made an effort to remove what was left of them from the carriageway. I was over there last weekend and couldn't avoid driving over the remnants of the dead birds squashed into the road!
The council could have made an effort to remove what was left of them from the carriageway. I was over there last weekend and couldn't avoid driving over the remnants of the dead birds squashed into the road! Tharweb
  • Score: 15

7:17am Fri 28 Mar 14

JustBecause says...

So what, this was solved when it happened weeks ago, this isn't news !

BN why are comments blocked on cases of fraud, or criminality by people with none british sounding names, either allow comments or don't, you cannot censor people based on race, or perceived race.

The story about the man who basically attempted to fleece the insurance company with a hire car for 2 years, is a reflection on the criminality that is going on in certain ethnic areas.
So what, this was solved when it happened weeks ago, this isn't news ! BN why are comments blocked on cases of fraud, or criminality by people with none british sounding names, either allow comments or don't, you cannot censor people based on race, or perceived race. The story about the man who basically attempted to fleece the insurance company with a hire car for 2 years, is a reflection on the criminality that is going on in certain ethnic areas. JustBecause
  • Score: 39

8:45am Fri 28 Mar 14

gigglebox3 says...

comments should be open on every "story" - it would make the website more interesting to read..........
comments should be open on every "story" - it would make the website more interesting to read.......... gigglebox3
  • Score: 20

8:51am Fri 28 Mar 14

danssoncabaret says...

Not only comments but stories in the BN too!
Not only comments but stories in the BN too! danssoncabaret
  • Score: 11

8:55am Fri 28 Mar 14

danssoncabaret says...

danssoncabaret wrote:
Not only comments but stories in the BN too!
Am I the only one that has noticed this of late? One could be forgiven for thinking we live in a tiny hamlet in Dorset!
[quote][p][bold]danssoncabaret[/bold] wrote: Not only comments but stories in the BN too![/p][/quote]Am I the only one that has noticed this of late? One could be forgiven for thinking we live in a tiny hamlet in Dorset! danssoncabaret
  • Score: 13

9:04am Fri 28 Mar 14

gigglebox3 says...

I have noticed BN pick and choose which story to open comments on!
I have noticed BN pick and choose which story to open comments on! gigglebox3
  • Score: 25

9:05am Fri 28 Mar 14

Chrome1 says...

With that insurance story, I am ashamed at the conduct of these people. They will act holier than thou in the mosques and communities they live in, but once an opportunity comes to cheat people and make immoral gains they will be the first in line. I bet they all have beards and will wear long Islamic dress on Fridays, but inwardly they are as corrupt as hell. Hope there is a further appeal and they are just givem BFH (bus fare home as Jim Bowen would say),
With that insurance story, I am ashamed at the conduct of these people. They will act holier than thou in the mosques and communities they live in, but once an opportunity comes to cheat people and make immoral gains they will be the first in line. I bet they all have beards and will wear long Islamic dress on Fridays, but inwardly they are as corrupt as hell. Hope there is a further appeal and they are just givem BFH (bus fare home as Jim Bowen would say), Chrome1
  • Score: 29

1:33pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Beyond News Forum says...

gigglebox3 wrote:
I have noticed BN pick and choose which story to open comments on!
As I said, and a few seem to be doing - People power can solve this. Just comment on the other articles with the headline of the report you wish to have an opinion on. Perhaps the BN will get the message.

On topic... I do not believe him. And why has this hit 'n' run driver not been caught? *tongue in cheek*
[quote][p][bold]gigglebox3[/bold] wrote: I have noticed BN pick and choose which story to open comments on![/p][/quote]As I said, and a few seem to be doing - People power can solve this. Just comment on the other articles with the headline of the report you wish to have an opinion on. Perhaps the BN will get the message. On topic... I do not believe him. And why has this hit 'n' run driver not been caught? *tongue in cheek* Beyond News Forum
  • Score: 7

5:51pm Fri 28 Mar 14

boltonnut says...

It took abunch of "flocking" birds to get some real comments about the censoring of comments on this site.Thank flock for you my fellow commenters.
It took abunch of "flocking" birds to get some real comments about the censoring of comments on this site.Thank flock for you my fellow commenters. boltonnut
  • Score: 2

9:26pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Rememberscarborough says...

Certain stories shouldn't commented on. If you were accused of a crime you didn't commit would you want people to say you were guilty because your eyes were too close together or that you had ginger hair? No, and neither would I so ongoing legal cases should be restricted to defend our right of innocent until proved guilty and not just because of how we look (spoken as someone who's clearly no oil painting!)
Certain stories shouldn't commented on. If you were accused of a crime you didn't commit would you want people to say you were guilty because your eyes were too close together or that you had ginger hair? No, and neither would I so ongoing legal cases should be restricted to defend our right of innocent until proved guilty and not just because of how we look (spoken as someone who's clearly no oil painting!) Rememberscarborough
  • Score: -2

11:12am Sat 29 Mar 14

lammypie says...

Interesting reading about the changes to the Bird Table!
Interesting reading about the changes to the Bird Table! lammypie
  • Score: 0

4:07pm Sat 29 Mar 14

Kokobeware says...

I'm so glad I know now what happened too them, I couldn't think straight for thinking about it my minds at rest now.. yawn yawn the rubbish they call news..
I'm so glad I know now what happened too them, I couldn't think straight for thinking about it my minds at rest now.. yawn yawn the rubbish they call news.. Kokobeware
  • Score: 0

9:32am Sun 30 Mar 14

JustBecause says...

Fancy a brew? How many sugars? It's written on my mug! Story

http://www.thebolton
news.co.uk/news/1111
0541.Fancy_a_brew__H
ow_many_sugars__It_s
_written_on_my_mug_/
?ref=var_0

No comments, allowed on this story, there is clearly a pattern in the BN policy, I am now writing to the Press Complaints Commission, the Bolton Evening News has a clear policy regarding race or perceived race related stories.

Screen grabbed in case this gets post gets censored.
Fancy a brew? How many sugars? It's written on my mug! Story http://www.thebolton news.co.uk/news/1111 0541.Fancy_a_brew__H ow_many_sugars__It_s _written_on_my_mug_/ ?ref=var_0 No comments, allowed on this story, there is clearly a pattern in the BN policy, I am now writing to the Press Complaints Commission, the Bolton Evening News has a clear policy regarding race or perceived race related stories. Screen grabbed in case this gets post gets censored. JustBecause
  • Score: 5

9:44am Sun 30 Mar 14

JustBecause says...

Added myself to a long list of people I know who are now boycotting this drivel of a newspaper.

Editors hang your heads in shame, your reporters and general professionalism is shocking and quite frankly a disgrace to everyone in Bolton.
Added myself to a long list of people I know who are now boycotting this drivel of a newspaper. Editors hang your heads in shame, your reporters and general professionalism is shocking and quite frankly a disgrace to everyone in Bolton. JustBecause
  • Score: 2

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