RECORD COLD caused hundreds of thousands of birds to fall from NM skies earlier this month

Social media was wrong about the hundreds of thousands of dead birds in New Mexico. Don’t blame the California wildfires.

According to UNM Ornithology PhD students Jenna McCullough and Nick Vinciguerra, the historic Arctic front that rode anomalously-far south on the back of a meridional jet stream flow was the primary cause of the deaths.

“The birds that we collected were currently migrating through New Mexico. Migration is a very intensive time for birds. They will fly for hundreds of miles overnight. It depletes their fat stores, so they have little energy when they land at a critical stopover site. On a normal day, they will gorge themselves on food and build up their fat stores to continue. In this case, they stopped in New Mexico, exhausted from migration with little fat, to find very few insects due to cold temperatures that either killed or made insects go dormant. Without fat, they have no protection from the cold and are very susceptible to hypothermia.”

Basically, the birds died of starvation due to the record-cold and snow.

Thanks to Bill Sellers for this link

3 thoughts on “RECORD COLD caused hundreds of thousands of birds to fall from NM skies earlier this month”

  1. a friend has what we call swansdown bushes that are what the Aussie Monarch butterflies breed on weird buggers bright yellow aphid like from hatching not normal caterpillars till later
    hers are out and sapsucking merrily
    were about to have extremely cold few days here in Vic too
    wonder how many of the lil bugglies will survive that?
    Swalloows havet arrived yet either, mosquitos are starting to be around so they should be here soon if theyve survived the asian typhoons and snows etc big IF really

  2. I figured that!
    Facebook and Youtube are all liberals anyways – just as bad as the MSM whenever they make any headlines.
    Never listen to them!

  3. That’s an interesting theory. What I had read previously (which made sense to me) is that they starved because their migration route got changed due to the excessive smoke from wildfires in the West. Which still makes sense to me (tho maybe it was both the smoke and cold??)…. the reason being that here in southern AZ we’ve had problems with haze for the past few weeks from smoke in CA.

    I am about 400 miles east of San Diego, with the Valley Fire being the closest to my area… I’ve been really surprised about the haze/smoke here but really I’ve been seeing it repeatedly.

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