Mass deaths of migratory blackbirds reported in Sevastopol

SEVASTOPOL, February 19 (Itar-Tass) — Mass and still unexplained deaths of migratory blackbirds have been reported in Sevastopol. Dozens of dead birds lie on the Kamyshovskoye highway, in the Kazachya bay and other coastal areas. As an ornithologist, an expert on biodiversity with the Ukrainian Society for the Protection of Birds, Alexander Grinchenko, explained to anxious residents, for the present it is early to state that the blackbirds died from infection or were poisoned by food. These are migratory birds, and they had flown, most likely, from North Africa, where no epidemics are reported.

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