When we search the first photo by the reverse visual search method, we find the news shared in earlier dates. The news report that the photo is not from Lahey but near Bodedern village in Anglesey Island, North Wales.
According to the results of the laboratory test, no signs of poisoning or virus were detected in the birds. It is stated that the deaths are the result of blunt trauma (injury in the body part, injury, or physical attack). The Animal and Phytosanitary Agency (APHA) of the UK has said that birds may have died due to a rapid impact on the asphalt or fence. According to the virology, bacteriology, and histopathology test results carried out on birds, it is stated that there is no risk of bird flu or any infectious disease.
Rob Taylor, one of the policemen investigating, shared a video on his Twitter account and stated that it might have occurred while they escaped from raptors or extreme weather conditions.
On Ookla’s map showing the regions where 5G is located, it is possible to see that 5G is not active on the Island of Anglesey, North Wales. It seems that 5G is only active in the Swansea, Cardiff, and Llandudno regions of Wales.
Vodafone also made a statement about the claim. The company said that there were no 5G posts on the island where the incident took place and no tests were performed.
The flamingos in the other photo in the claim are not real, they are plastic. On the website of Fine Art America, the photograph of plastic flamingos on the ground is sold. The photograph, taken by Julian Humphries, is also included in the Getty Images catalog.
In conclusion, the claim is not true. According to the results of tests on the birds, the reason for their death is blunt trauma. On the other hand, flamingos are plastic in the other photo. The post in question is an example of a false connection.
BBC, Hundreds of dead birds found in mystery mass death, 11 December 2019
Express, Election omen? Mystery as 300 dead birds drop out of the sky in Wales in 'apocalyptic' scenes, 12 December 2019
The Union Journal, What Caused These Hundreds Of Starling Birds To Drop Dead Suddenly?, 12 December 2019
Youtube, Hundreds of deaths birds mysteriously fall out sky and land on a country lane, 11 December 2019
BBC, Anglesey starling murmuration deaths mystery solved, 13 March 2020
The World News, Mystery of 300 starlings found that in the middle of the road may have been solved, 15 February 2020
Dailypost, Police give the final verdict on deaths of hundreds of birds in Anglesey, 13 March 2020
Mirror, Mystery of 300 starlings found dead in the middle of the road may have been solved, 15 February 2020
Tim Troseddau’nun paylaştığı tweet, 13 March 2020
Dailypost, Vodafone have their say on 5G conspiracy theory over the death of 300 birds on Anglesey, 19 December 2019
Lead Stories, Fact Check: 5G Test Did NOT Kill Hundreds Of Birds In The Netherlands, 6 April 2020
Factly, No, 297 birds did not die in the Netherlands due to a 5G test, 25 June 2019
Holland Times, Cause of mass deaths of starlings in the Hague identified, 1 February 2019
Full Fact, Hundreds of birds were found dead in the Netherlands but it had nothing to do with 5G, 21 August 2019
Africa Check, No evidence that 5G tech causes cancer, killed birds, or invented in Israel, 20 August 2019
Republic World, Fact Check: Are 5G Experiments Responsible For Large-scale Death Of Birds In Italy?, 8 April 2020
Snopes, Did a 5G Cellular Network Test Cause Hundreds of Birds to Die?, 24 September 2019
Fine Art America, Plastic Flamingo Art
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Translation: Hilal Ebru Yakar