February 18 2019
HILLSBORO, Oregon — Oregon authorities are looking into a mass bird death in the Hillsboro area.
A red-tailed hawk, bald eagle, and many red-winged blackbirds and European starlings were found dead in a field in Hillsboro a few days ago.
A few birds have been taken to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service lab in Ashland for testing.
PGE says crews checked a nearby transformer but it's designed to be safe for birds, and it's unlikely the birds were electrocuted.
Audubon Society of Portland Conservation Director Bob Sallinger says it's possible the smaller birds were poisoned, and the larger, predatory birds died after eating them.