Spain: A flock of 150 birds fell from the sky on the streets of Galicia

A swarm of about 150 starlings fell dead from the sky on the streets of Galicia in Spain. The incident happened on Friday, November 26. The birds were found dead while flying on the Calle Alcalde Quintanilla Martinez street in the Caranza neighborhood of the Ferrol municipality of A Coruña. In this incredible incident, the birds suddenly fell on vehicles on the road, even on pedestrians passing near Ribera Juan Cardano Hospital. Residents quickly alerted local Ferrol police, who arrived at the scene.


An environmental technician from Xunta and technicians from the Birdwatching Service from the Ferrol Environment Department are also on site. Together, they removed the dead swarm of Sturnus vulgaris.

Of the fallen birds, five were rescued alive, but could not fly. They were transferred to agencies at the Xunta's Wild Fauna Recovery Center, located in Oleiros, A Coruña. Meanwhile, both Ferrol City Council and Xunta have teamed up to try to find out the causes of these birds' deaths. 


As pointed out by the local administration, the Ferrol bird watching service had located last Thursday, 25/11, a small swarm of about 30 starlings in the area of ​​the University. The area where these dead and injured birds appeared, was not recorded as a nest nor was there any previous evidence of the existence of starlings. One hypothesis for the incident is that if a bird touches a high voltage cable with a feather, the electric arc effect can occur and this discharge is quickly transmitted to the rest of the flock, with fatal consequences.  


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