What The Flock? Icing Causes Duck Crash
Over the past couple of weeks much of the nation has been dealing with the grip of an icy blast coming out of the north. It has been disrupting air travel across the country -- including the bird population. Who would have guessed that birds face the same problems with icing of the wings that jumbo jets do? A flock of ducks discovered this fact the hard way recently.
A flock of ruddy ducks in the process of migrating over Oklahoma flew into the path of an ice storm and their wing and tail feathers started icing up. Like any other aircraft during such a weather event -- they crashed just outside the town of Noble, Oklahoma. The crash was caused, in part, to the pavement icing over to become shiny and resembling water. The ducks, believing that they were heading for a water landing, smashed into the hard reality of street instead.
The Wildlife Foundation in Noble was kept busy rescuing the birds that were injured and unable to move from the roadway. Not all of the ducks survived the traffic situation, but a number were rescued by motorists and turned over to the Foundation for care and rehabilitation.
With a break in the weather the waterfowl will be returned to a nearby lake so that they can continue their southward migration. Hopefully they will take with them the tale of some great Oklahoma human hospitality in the wake of a duck disaster!
Laurie Kay Olson
Animal News Blogger