Like a scene from 'The Birds,' waxwings fall from the sky in Duluth


"It was like a horror movie."

Tim Pohl watched more than 100 birds drop out of the sky Monday.

“I’ve never seen this before,” Pohl told the Duluth News Tribune.

Pohl, a contract employee of 12 years at Minnesota Power in Duluth, witnessed flocks of Bohemian waxwings fall to the ground outside his workplace after they flew into tinted glass partitions.

More than 30 birds died.

"Their wings were straight out, twitching. They were on their backs. I would hold them for a second, then put them on the ground," Pohl said.

Two factors contributed to the die-off. A rehabilitator at Wildwoods, a wildlife rehab center, told the newspaper that the Minnesota Power building in downtown Duluth is on a major migration route and birds can get faked out by tinted glass.

A spokesperson for the company says they plan to put stickers on the panels to help avoid this in the future.

The birds may have also been disoriented by eating fermented berries, the newspaper reports.

Next Up

hutchinson health hospital

Hutchinson Hospital forgives $184K in medical debt following settlement

The AG's office accused the nonprofit hospital of violating a regulatory agreement.


Chaska man seriously injured in waterskiing accident

The 24-year-old was airlifted to a hospital.

Flickr - beach water

9-year-old dies after drowning in Carver Lake in Woodbury

The incident follows a string of drownings in Minnesota over the weekend.

3001 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, Minnesota - August 2017

Owner closes JUUT in Uptown, cites 'escalating crime and violence'

JUUT is closed after 35 years at the Hennepin and Lake Street location.

Randy Dobnak

Michael Brantley, Astros pound Twins pitching in series finale

Randy Dobnak's six earned runs was part of a long afternoon.

Seimone Augustus

Lynx to retire jerseys of Seimone Augustus, Rebekkah Brunson next season

The former Lynx stars were a key piece of their four WNBA titles.

police tape, crime scene

Rushford police officer fires gun during report of a restraining order violation

The incident occurred on Highway 30 near the Rushford Municipal Airport.

lake water

18-year-old dies from drowning in Quarry Park

The incident is one of several drownings to occur in Minnesota in recent weeks.


Father, daughter recall dropping from the sky in Cirrus airplane

The pilot and his daughter survived a crash into the ocean after the engine in their Cirrus airplane quit mid-flight. The airplane from the Duluth-based company has a parachute that slowed their fall.

Aurora Borealis ripples across Northland sky

And skygazers away from city lights might have another good chance to catch the show Friday night, the Duluth News Tribune reports. Check out the link below for some great photographs from Astro Bob.