Dead birds prompt warnings at Pismo Beach

September 26, 2014

pismoThe California Department of Fish and Wildlife is warning people to stay away from sections of Pismo Beach after numerous bird carcasses appeared in the sand. [KSBY]

“I leave my dogs in a stroller until we get to a spot where I don’t see any vultures or dead birds,” beach goer Laura Best said to KSBY. “And with bringing my little girl here, I am trying to keep them safe.

Fish and Wildlife officials say the dead birds can be hazardous to pets and children. The state officials are not yet sure why flocks of dead birds showed up at Pismo Beach, but they say they will do field necropsies to find out.

Warden Ryan Hanson speculated that the cause could be anything from fish bait attracting the birds to shore, the drought, or even ships hitting a flock of birds.

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7 Comments

  1. r0y says:

    Am I the only one who is curious how “ships hitting a flock of birds” will kill them. Heck, I don’t see ships hitting anything, really. They are not that fast. Even still, should a ship hit a bird and kill it, wouldn’t all kinds of things eat the dead bird before it ever got to shore?

    Ships hitting birds… Now if it was SPACE SHIPS, then that’d be something. I remember the Star Trek IV (save the whales movie) where that stolen Klingon Bird of Prey blocked the whaler’s harpoon…

    Of course, it could have just been a cult of birds and this was some mass-suicide; they were all bird brains and just flocked to their deaths.

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  2. Rambunctious says:

    dogs in a stroller?

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  3. cowtipper says:

    How do dead birds “show up”? Is there some special flying formation for dead birds?
    Perhaps they are live birds when they show up. And then, they die.

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    • tomsquawk says:

      this is serious! did they show up or have they been observed?

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      • cowtipper says:

        They are part of the infamous living dead moving into Pismo from Arroyo Grande.

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  4. Stunned says:

    I’m dying to know what plausible reason Fish & Game has for the curious people to avoid these dead birds other than they died alone.

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  5. tomsquawk says:

    “I leave my dogs in a stroller until we get to a spot where I don’t see any vultures or dead birds,” beach goer Laura Bestsaid to KSBY. “And with bringing my little girl here, I am trying to keep them safe.”

    I’m still trying to decipher this but i hope the dogs are chihuahuas and that they are safe from the little girl. Bestsaid.

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