And again, hundreds of birds falling from the sky! This time, over 500 birds, mostly parakeets, killed in a powerful hailstorm that hit Bhandara and Gondia districts in India on February 13, 2018. 460 parakeets fall down from the trees in the Tumsar town of Bhangade district alone.
Tumsar Range Forest Officer A R Joshi confirmed the deaths on the same day: “Over 460 parakeets nestled over a peepal tree perished in the hailstorm between 8 pm and 8.30 pm. The hailstones were weighing about 50 gm each. Bees also attacked the birds when their comb also came down due to the hailstones impact. Many of the bees also died in the storm.”
Goregaon in Gondia district also reported 20 parakeets, eight pond herons, one spotted dove and four magpie robbins dead in the area. And there are reports of more animal die-offs related to the anomalous hailstorm… But counting had not yet been done!