Wildlife officials are getting preliminary results after finding many dead birds in Harrisonburg

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) – The Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources (DWR) is continuing to investigate what killed more than a dozen birds outside Court Square in a matter of days.

Officials with DWR said some of the birds found outside the courthouse were sent to a lab in Georgia to determine a cause of death.

According to previous laboratory results, the birds died from trauma. Experts believe this may have been the birds hitting the building.

Paige Pearson, with DWR, said this can happen at times and possibly due to a change in the weather.

The birds sent to the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine included four mourning pigeons, one eastern meadow, one yellow-bellied sucerb, one American woodpecker and one Wilson’s hen.

Pearson said a further examination will be done on each bird and could take another few weeks.

As of April 7, no other dead birds have been reported to DWR outside the north side of the courthouse.

Earlier this month, court clerk Chaz Haywood said the birds were all found a few feet apart or on the ground, the steps or on the second-floor balcony.

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