Just before Thanksgiving, in a small town in New Jersey it started raining dead birds.
The birds, over 200 red-winged blackbirds, all fell from the sky over the small town of Stow Creek, littering houses and yards. This was actually the second time in less than a month that this had happened to this town, the first producing a few dozen dead birds.
The state Department of Environmental Protection was called in, and tested several of the birds, running full autopsies and toxicologies. They found nothing.
“We did ascertain that the birds suffered trauma and internal bleeding from hitting the ground,” said DEP spokesman Larry Hajna to the Philadelphia Inquirer. “But what made them fall from the sky in the first place . . . we can’t say for certain.”
The agency even tested wheat from a local farmer’s field, and found nothing that would be hazardous to birds. So far, they’re stumped. And Stow Creek residents will probably be looking up a bit more frequently from now on.