According to wildlife biologist Bill Gates, the birds are grackles, a common black bird, one of the same species reported in the past weeks to have been found dead in mass quantities in other nearby states like Arkansas, Louisiana and Kentucky.
Gates told WAFF that the feathers scattered across the location suggest trauma, and he believes a semi-truck or other vehicle may be responsible for their death. Samples are being sent to the National Wildlife Health Center in Madison, Wisconsin to run a series of tests to determine what caused the mass bird deaths, as disease or poisoning could also be to blame.
Over 100 birds were found dead on the side of a California highway this past weekend, and a collision with a big rig is also believed to be responsible for that incident. One witness allegedly saw the incident and said “it looked like they were committing suicide.”