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When working in Colorado Springs, I remember a severe storm outbreak with baseball/softball-sized hail that eliminated THOUSANDS of pelicans near La Junta (East of Pueblo).

They were cleaning up the remains for weeks by hand.  

Very sad.


Dave Snider
Meteorologist 
KY3 StormTeam
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From: MO Wild Bird Forum [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Terry L. Miller
Sent: Thursday, March 01, 2007 7:25 AM
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Subject: Hail and waterfowl[Spam score: 8%][Scanned by KY3]

    As I was driving in to school today, I started to reflect on last night's hail storm around Kansas City and the rafts of waterfowl on large lakes like Smithville Lake.  I don't remember hearing of significant mortality to waterfowl from hail.  I'm sure "golf ball" sized hail upon a cranium would be enough to cause death, but, again I don't remember hearing of any mortality from it.
    Do the flocks "sense" the core of the storm and fly off?  I can't imagine large rafts being able to find "shelter" from the storm under a bridge, etc... . 
    If any of you have some comments or info on waterfowl mortality from hail storms, etc... it would satisfy my early morning curiosity!

Terry L. Miller
Kearney HS
Clay Co., MO
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