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Cars deadly for birds on 295

About 200 tiny chimney swifts were struck by cars along Interstate 295 Wednesday.

The American Bird Conservancy said in a statement that it's possible "atmospheric conditions forced the birds to fly very low to the ground where they were struck by passing vehicles."

The bird strikes occurred near the city's Blue Plains wastewater treatment plant.

George Hawkins, general manager of D.C. Water, told NBC Washington that the the chimney swifts may have been trying to eat bugs near the plant.

According to the NBC report, Hawkins said three birds were being examined to make sure the deaths were not connected to the treatment facility.

Did you experience the bird strike while driving along the interstate? Post a comment below.

By Michael Bolden  | October 7, 2010; 1:40 PM ET
Categories:  District, Driving  
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Roads are for motor vehicles,not birds!

Posted by: 10bestfan | October 7, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Well, the birds were living here before the roads were built, and it's human arrogance that demands they evolve to accommodate our selfish sprawl. But of course, we never give them enough time to evolve -- we just run them over.

Posted by: | October 7, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse

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