Eastern kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus) Gold

Close-up of an Eastern kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus) on a willow tree at Watson Lake near the town of Laporte. Photo Credit: Hawk Buckman (iStock).

Thousands of birds recently dropped dead in areas of Colorado and New Mexico, but researchers say there's more than one factor to blame. 

While researchers are still investigating the cause, the sudden appearance of dead birds in Colorado is likely due to the sudden temperature plunge and heavy snowfall observed last week across parts of the state. 

Colorado Parks and Wildlife tweeted on Monday that there's also some speculation that high winds and poor air quality could be contributing factors.

Two of the local spots where the dead birds have been widely reported include Durango and Gunnison areas.

Thousands of dead birds, both resident and migrant, are also being found throughout the state of New Mexico.

"Unexplained songbird mortality has wildlife biologists in New Mexico very concerned," the U.S. Forest Service of Santa Fe National Forest stated in a Facebook post on Friday.

Breanna Sneeringer writes about news, adventure, and more for OutThere Colorado as a Digital Content Producer. She is an avid adventure seeker and wildflower enthusiast. Breanna joined OutThere Colorado in September 2018.

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(5) comments

Slick 1

Fake news. Its a hoax birds die all the time.

Lunadelsolo

From Cap Hill in Denver maybe two weeks prior to three snowfall i was noticing dead and injured (1 injured, at least 8 dead) black birds between 16th n Clarkson and 16th and High. That's just on one stretch of blocks. Not up to 17th or down to colfax. Could the 5G broadcasting towers and the birds proximity to them also be a catalyst?

CourageousCat

no.

Oliver Onion

How dare you even think of asking such a question!? Don't you know us plebes are not to be concerned with anything our rulers have decided? And we're certainly not supposed to question any of the consequences!

In case you didn't catch it, that was tongue in cheek, I'm with you on doubting the safety of 5G for animals and humans alike. We've never been subjected to such amounts of radiation. I mean this talk and the research in it is from almost a decade ago and the conclusions were not good then:

https://youtu.be/X8-sT-spd2U

Loralowe

Just wanted to correct the photo caption. Watson Lake is in Larimer County, near Laporte, CO. Awesome pic though!

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