Observed increase in birdkill

Jey 21 November 2006 26

Over the few weeks or so I’ve noticed an increasing number of dead birds on Canberra roads.
Normally, one doesn’t see so much birdkill as they usually seem to make it out of the way before been hit.

Has anyone else noticed this increase in carnage?
Any ideas as to why?
Perhaps the birds have gone a bit dumb in the head due to the lack of food caused by the drought.
Perhaps the bizarre weather has messed up their ‘radars’.

Theories involving in poisoning and Crazy_Chester aside, I’d be interested to hear your thoughts.

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26 Responses to Observed increase in birdkill
KandyA KandyA 1:26 pm 22 Nov 06

i want that ded seagull, i saw it too and also i thought – WTF?

Thumper Thumper 8:10 am 22 Nov 06

Ducks are quite funny. Thick as bricks, but funny.

KaneO KaneO 10:28 pm 21 Nov 06

Young and stupid birds everywhere. Just the gene pool taking care of business.

Jey Jey 9:19 pm 21 Nov 06

crazy ducks

ant ant 8:01 pm 21 Nov 06

It’s been Bird Madness out there the past 2 weeks or so. they come diving out of nowhere, in squadrons, raiding the car. So far the brakes have worked. and the ducks who shovel about in the mud just past the Dairy Flat Road/Moreshead roundabout in the mornings yesterday decided to venture out onto the road. In morning rush hour! Brakes and airhorn got a workout. Idiots. Ducks are such fools.

Jey Jey 5:30 pm 21 Nov 06

Thanks for all your answers.
While I don’t know whether or not the majority of the carnage observed was young birdkill, I can say that this time last year I wasn’t driving thus wouldn’t have noticed similar springtime carnage.
So, as some of you have said, it could be a regular spring occurrence.

Ari Ari 4:52 pm 21 Nov 06

Jeez, that little bugger managed pretty well.

I got him with the air rifle over on the other side of Northbourne.

Suprising how far they can get.

Kerces Kerces 4:26 pm 21 Nov 06

There was a story in the CT this morning (complete with adorable photo) about a baby rosella that had to be rescued from under a car at the Ainslie Football Club last night. Apparently it was small enough to fit in your palm and had got its wing stuck under the car’s wheel (or got driven on).

Thumper Thumper 3:06 pm 21 Nov 06

I saw the result of bird strike on a P2 Neptune in Townsville many many years ago.

It tore huge gaping holes in the wing as well as ripped off one of the engine cowlings.

Probably a pelican.

Mr Evil Mr Evil 3:00 pm 21 Nov 06

“I wouldn’t like to hit a pelican in the car.”

An RAAF F-111 hit several Pelicans at high-speed near Evans Head in about 1977: several shredded Pelicans, a dead pilot and navigator was the outcome of that birdstrike.

I imagine a car travelling at 100km/h wouldn’t look to good either after hitting a Pelican.

Xanthomyza Xanthomyza 2:19 pm 21 Nov 06

Young birds, particularly magpies and galahs, are pretty thick, so they get easily bowled over by cars. Ravens are clever, you don’t see too many roadkilled ravens.

The dry conditions can cause some young birds to starve. The recent bit of rain would have been good for food for lots of things though.

I found a dead wattlebird fledgling on the ground in the park. Nothing apparent wrong with it. Could have starved.

I wouldn’t like to hit a pelican in the car.

A couple of years ago several pelicans were found dead around the place. Someone was supposed to test the dead birds but I never heard anything.

Danman Danman 2:03 pm 21 Nov 06

A few weeks ago 2 magpies that were fighting in mid air crashed into the roof of my car while I was driving to work in the morning.

It wasnt until I got home that Mrs Danman told me that they were actually doing quite the opposite of fighting.

How awkward would that be.

VYBerlinaV8 VYBerlinaV8 1:48 pm 21 Nov 06

Sounds like the new sights I fitted to the Berlina are doing their morbid best…

CouldExpire CouldExpire 1:30 pm 21 Nov 06

Apparently penguins are killing themselves off too!

Just ask the twits at fire control that thought one brigade was calling in about a penguin hitting the power line, bringing it down and killing itself in the process… funniest radio conversation I’ve heard in awhile!
They then asked the deputy in charge if the penguin needed medical assistance!

I want some of what they’re on!

blingblingbears blingblingbears 1:20 pm 21 Nov 06

hmm make that cells

blingblingbears blingblingbears 1:19 pm 21 Nov 06

oh yeah… thanks thumper

i think i killed off a few too many brain celss on the weekend…

Thumper Thumper 1:19 pm 21 Nov 06

Ah, not Mr Percival….

Ari Ari 1:14 pm 21 Nov 06

The Film and Sound Archives were showing Stormboy and needed a prop.

Thumper Thumper 1:07 pm 21 Nov 06

Probably choked on one of those giant carp….

Mr_Shab Mr_Shab 12:47 pm 21 Nov 06

I saw a dead pelican on the side of Parkes Way this AM. WTF?

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