It was a scene straight out of Alfred Hitchcock’s horror classic ‘The Birds’ .
The people of Beebe, Arkansas were seeing in the New Year when on the stroke of midnight something strange happened.
As many as five thousand blackbirds fell from the sky, most of them to their deaths.
On Monday, officials began examining the dead blackbirds to determine what happened to them before their fatal last flight.
Some have speculated stormy weather or fireworks shot by midnight revellers caused the birds to suffer from severe stress.
Their findings will be released later this week.