Scientists are not sure what caused this strange phenomenon, but they believe it may have been due to fireworks fired off over the holiday. Blackbirds typically do not fly at night because they cannot see, which would explain why many appear to have crashed.
This story has gotten even stranger when coupled with other odd happenings in the area. Three days after the bird deaths in Arkansas, another 500 red-winged blackbirds perished of unexplained internal injuries just 300 miles south of the original site. Also, last week around 83,000 dead and dying drum fish washed up along a 20-mile stretch of the Arkansas River. Officials have yet to confirm whether any of these events could possibly be related.