HOWARD COUNTY, Md. (WJZ) — Hundreds of dead birds rain down on I-95, blindsiding drivers in Howard County. Now Natural Resources officials are trying to figure out what caused the mass deaths.

Kai Jackson has more on the unusual commute.

State animal experts have an idea of what happened to the birds, but there is still some mystery here and they hope to unravel it.

A strange sight on the I-95 northbound in Laurel. Hundreds of dead birds were scattered on the road.

“I travel this all the time. I never seen anything like this before,” said one driver.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources says the birds are starlings. It appears they ran into traffic. While that act is unusual, authorities say starlings themselves are common in this area.

“Something like this, I can’t think of any precautionary measures. A flock of birds running into traffic, it doesn’t happen too often,” said DNR Wildlife biologist Patricia Allen.

At this time, the Department of Natural Resources believes the starlings may have flown into a truck and, as small and delicate as they are, that kind of impact would be enough to kill them. It appears the birds died from blunt force trauma.

The State Highway Department had to use shovels to remove the birds from the road.

“So if the first one runs into it, unfortunately, the rest follow and with a large vehicle such as tractor trailers, it would account for the mass mortality,” Allen said.

Traffic was tied up on I-95 for several hours.

Comments (17)
  1. rdnkkkgrl says:

    oh lord please blunt force trauma wat do they belong to a bird cult or something and decided to commit suicide duhhhhh heres ur sign a flock of birds in that quanity doesnt fly like that

  2. Feebe says:

    The Starlings saw their group reflection in the windsheild of the truck- The group of birds where attacking another group.But it was themselves.Kind of like a deer in head lights.But at air speed. I had an antena cut a wing off a bird on 95 once

  3. RAM1 says:

    They committed sucide after hearing O’ Maleys wanting to dig in our pockets some more. Even birds can’t afford to live in this state anymore.

  4. Tippi Hedren says:

    Ahhhhh!!!! Realization of the Mayan prophecy has begun! The birds are taking themselves out before it all goes down!

  5. Sweets says:

    How many more birds have to give their life this way before we start going deep and wondering just what they are trying to tell us? The starling tells us to be sensitive to one another NOW, not later. They teach us about unity and how it is imperative that we work together NOW, not later. Do you ever remember a time in your life when birds were literally falling from the sky in droves before last year? No, but imagine how IMPORTANT it must be if the Starling is willing to give the lives of so many to get us to see….Mitakuye Oyasin!

  6. Jeff says:

    It was blunt force trauma from running into an invisible Ancient Alien ship.

  7. badmofo says:

    They was the other kind of Black birds heading for the city.

  8. Debra says:

    these theories are shaky at best – still very early to determine!

  9. Debra says:

    These theories are not concrete! These answers are shaky at best- needs a tad more time

  10. Debra says:

    a thought > IT is total changes from the “Earth to Sky” Weather! Human Self Destruction & more as it’s all showing up in NATURE

  11. commonsense711 says:

    We have already been told the the USDA was poisoning mass amounts of starlings in the past. Why don’t they just tell the truth and tell us that they are starting the poisoning program up again.

  12. captjck says:

    why they not telling us the truth i dont know . i was there and saw what happened high power lines there and they got fried

  13. dennis says:

    the blunt force trama was from hittin the road

  14. Susan S says:

    The USDA recently admitted to a long time program of mass poisonings of birds*. It’s called operation bye bye blackbird and while it’s not hidden news it’s been sufficiently quashed in the mainstream media so that the majority of the population does not know about it. That’s probably what happened to here. Type “bye bye blackbird usda” into any search engine. *Note – Birds are not the only fauna the USDA is exterminating on a large scale.