Dead birds fall from sky onto traumatised motorists after loud bang heard

Drivers in Wales were given a fright after witnessing around 200 birds in the middle of the road as some describe hearing a loud bang.

Several witnesses watched as the birds, confirmed to be starlings, began raining down with some believing they had been electrocuted or were being chased by a bird of prey and hit the road surface.

Michaela Pritchard described it as an "eerie sight" and said it looked like a "massacre" as she travelled on the Hazelbeach Road between Waterston and Hazelbeach yesterday evening, reports WalesOnline.

She later phoned Pembrokeshire council to report the incident and confirmed they were already dead when she came across them at around 8pm.

Ian Mccaffrey, who works in Waterston, said “loads of birds” "landed on his car” after hearing an "electrical-type" bang.

He added: "Every now and again you will hear a bang that is coming from what I think is a crow-scarer that farmers use. However, this bang was more like an electrical bang – not quite as loud as lightning but similar.

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"It’s like there were hundreds of birds in the sky and all of a sudden they just died and fell to the ground. It was quite surreal last night to be honest with you – not something I have ever experienced before."

There has so far been little explanation over what caused the birds to die so suddenly, but some have pointed to the nearby Dragon LNG plant as a possible cause.

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A spokesperson for Dragon LNG said there had been nothing unusual at the plant on Thursday and it was carrying on work as normal.

She added: "It's in the vicinity but it's normal operations at Dragon LNG. There was nothing different at the plant."

Pembrokeshire Council confirmed the incident and said it organised for the birds to be removed following a call around 9pm yesterday.

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A spokesman for Pembrokeshire Council said: "We received a call at around 9pm on 10 February regarding a number of dead starlings on the Hazelbeach Road, Waterston.

"Officers attended the site and there were around 200 starlings found dead on the road. The authority undertook a clean-up and removed the dead birds from the site.

"There is no clear indication as to the cause of these deaths. We have reported the incident to the Animal and Plant Health Agency."

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