Flock of 150 starlings drops from the sky in Galician city

Flock of 150 starlings drops from the sky in Galician city
Flock of 150 starlings drops from the sky in Galician city. image: twitter

Flock of 150 starlings drops from the sky in a Galician city

A flock of about 150 starlings died around 9am this Friday, November 26. The flock of birds was reportedly in mid-flight, then suddenly all crashed onto Calle Alcalde Quintanilla Martinez street, in the Caranza neighborhood, of the A Coruña municipality of Ferrol.

This incredible incident saw the birds drop on top of vehicles in the street, and even onto the pedestrians who were passing by in the vicinity of the Ribera Juan Cardano Hospital. Residents quickly alerted the Ferrol Local Police force, who deployed a patrol to the Galician location.


They were accompanied by an environmental technician from the Xunta, and technicians from the company that performs the bird control service for the Ferrol Department of the Environment. Together, they proceeded to remove this dead flock of specimens of the common starling – Sturnus vulgaris.

Among the fallen birds, five were recovered still alive, but unable to fly. They were transferred in carriers to the Xunta’s Wild Fauna Recovery Centre, located in Oleiros, A Coruña. Meanwhile, both the Ferrol City Council and the Xunta have been in collaboration to try to find out the causes of the death of these birds.

As pointed out by the local administration, the Ferrol bird control company had located last Thursday, 25, a small flock of about 30 starlings in the University area, although, the area where these dead and injured specimens appeared “is not a previously cataloged roost and no notice of the presence of starlings had been received before”.

One hypothesis is that if a bird touches a high voltage cable with a wing, the electric arc phenomenon can occur, and this discharge is quickly transmitted to the rest of the flock, with fatal consequences, as reported 20minutos.es.


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Chris was born in a small village in Wales, where he ran his own successful construction company for many years, before deciding in 1990, to swap the grey skies and rain for the sunshine and lifestyle of the Costa del Sol. Late last year he made the move to Southern Portugal, and is now residing on the Algarve. Having sung and played in a rock band back in Wales, he still likes to go out and entertain in his spare time, singing in restaurants and golf clubs. Interests are of course music, especially from the 60s and 70s, movies, nice restaurants, and he has a passion for graphic design and online marketing.


  1. This is becoming a common problem for wildlife, especially around or near to cell (mobile) masts. One school of thought is as the voltages are steadily increasing to provide 5G which is around 30V per meter, this has a devastating effect for Birds.


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