Fall River Woman Comes Home to Discover 70 Dead Birds in Her Yard
Imagine going about a normal day of errands just to come home to a massacre of birds on your property without any explanation as to what killed them? I swear you can't make this stuff up.
In Fall River, Heather Miranda was going about her usual business when she noticed her yard and driveway were covered with dead birds. The feathers were still intact (for the most part) and there were no signs of a struggle or external damage – just a bunch of deceased birds scattered everywhere.
"When we got home I saw two on the driveway and we were like 'Awww,'" Miranda said. "My husband had noticed a few more and told me that he'd pick them up in a second. Then he got the shovel and started picking them up. By bird 15, we were like, 'Ummm, oh my God, we need to call someone!'"
WARNING: Disturbing photos ahead.
Looking around, none of the other neighbors had any similar signs of "fowl play" on their properties, besides where the property line meets.
"We are the only ones in the neighborhood who have trees like we do," Miranda explained. "We're the only ones who have two large trees in our yard."
Miranda called Fall River Animal Control to explain that her tree was always filled with birds and now they surrounded the trunk on the ground and all over the yard. Animal Control forwarded this case over to the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, which then contacted a local ornithologist (a bird expert).
"He made the decision that it was basically the weather that caused their deaths," Miranda said. "That’s when they told me that it was a rare occurrence that can happen during a storm. Basically, because the birds in my yard were little baby birds, they didn’t know how to react to the weather and either got confused and drowned or were thrown out of the tree and couldn’t get back up."
All of the birds were picked up and disposed of properly as this mystery lingers on.
"The weirdest stuff always happens to me," Miranda said.
She took photos of every single bird (not all shown here) and counted upwards of around 70 young birds who perished for reasons that are beyond comprehension, but could very well happen anywhere, anytime.