Birds fall from sky

Poisoning suspected in mass bird deaths.

Poisoning suspected in mass bird deaths.

WHO DID THIS?: Someone poisoned the birds at inner city flats off Carnarvon Street yesterday. Attlee Place residents woke up to see birds, mostly sparrows, acting strangely and by lunchtime more than 60 were dead. This thrush was among the birds affected. Pictures by Rebecca Grunwell
DISTRESSING: Attlee Place residents were alarmed yesterday when birds started falling out of the trees. These sparrows were among the victims.

Residents of Attlee Place were left shocked and confused when more than 60 birds, among them sparrows, a thrush and a mynah, dropped dead over four hours yesterday morning.

The birds were lying dead or dying all around the complex of inner city flats in a suspected mass poisoning.

Residents said they noticed birds acting strangely, flying low and all over the place, when they woke up yesterday. By lunchtime more than 60 sparrows were dead and one myna bird.

Lisa Ririnui said she has lived there for almost 10 years and had never seen anything like it.

“They’re struggling to stay alive, it’s weird, and very uncommon.”

Another resident saw them “dropping out of the trees” to fall dead on the ground.

“We’ve got cats and children and are very worried they are going to pick up these dead birds.” Gisborne District Council (GDC) confirmed it was not a council operation. The dead birds were picked up for disposal yesterday afternoon.

The council contractor would visit Attlee Place again today in case there were further casualties.

GDC team leader of biodiversity Phil Karaitiana took a couple of the birds to the vet to determine the cause of death and what poison may have been used.

“There appeared to be around 60 birds, all sparrows and one myna.

“People should be responsible with the use of bait and understand the consequences of laying bait in a city area.”

Five of the inner city flats are managed by Gisborne Holdings Limited. GHL chief executive Tracey Johnstone said it had not carried out any baiting operations or pest control.

Residents of Attlee Place were left shocked and confused when more than 60 birds, among them sparrows, a thrush and a mynah, dropped dead over four hours yesterday morning.

The birds were lying dead or dying all around the complex of inner city flats in a suspected mass poisoning.

Residents said they noticed birds acting strangely, flying low and all over the place, when they woke up yesterday. By lunchtime more than 60 sparrows were dead and one myna bird.

Lisa Ririnui said she has lived there for almost 10 years and had never seen anything like it.

“They’re struggling to stay alive, it’s weird, and very uncommon.”

Another resident saw them “dropping out of the trees” to fall dead on the ground.

“We’ve got cats and children and are very worried they are going to pick up these dead birds.” Gisborne District Council (GDC) confirmed it was not a council operation. The dead birds were picked up for disposal yesterday afternoon.

The council contractor would visit Attlee Place again today in case there were further casualties.

GDC team leader of biodiversity Phil Karaitiana took a couple of the birds to the vet to determine the cause of death and what poison may have been used.

“There appeared to be around 60 birds, all sparrows and one myna.

“People should be responsible with the use of bait and understand the consequences of laying bait in a city area.”

Five of the inner city flats are managed by Gisborne Holdings Limited. GHL chief executive Tracey Johnstone said it had not carried out any baiting operations or pest control.

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Tanya Hawthorne - 4 months ago
"People should be responsible with bait."
No, people shouldn't be so horribly cruel at all.
Poisoning hungry birds is hideous. I hope whoever did this has a big dose of karma heading their way. Nasty behaviour.

Lynne, Portugal - 4 months ago
Is this 5g network?

Will - 4 months ago
The birds were not poisoned by an angry person. I believe they were poisoned by the chemicals that private military contractors use to control the weather. We've seen this happen hundreds of times before. If you test the dead birds you will find that they were poisoned aluminium barium and strontium. They are testing a technology known as "stratospheric aerosol engineering" which is a method used to control the weather. The testing in the Gisborne region is being done out of the Private Military Base that the US News refers to as the "USA Rocket Lab in New Zealand" and New Zealand News refers to as the "Mahia Rocket Lab".

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