This post should perhaps go in the humour or non-news threads, but perhaps a good one to start a thread about people panicking over pigeons parrots, passerines n other birds that look poorly or dead. (Yikes - they must have got the lurgy, aka H5N1 Super-flu and we're all gonna die!)
So, here's the tale, from Bulgaria:
Dead Bird Found in Sofia Center Civil Defence authorities have collected a dead bird from an intersection in Sofia downtown, SNA reporters witnessed.
The small bird was at the crossing of the Lege and Saborna streets, right across the archeological museum and an expensive shoe store. Its breast feathers were colored in green, and its back in dark colors. It was about the size of a sparrow.
The pickup party was dressed in protective gear and carried a special basket. They sprinkled the site with disinfectants.
Preliminary doubts that the body might have been that of a canary or a starling have not been confirmed yet.
There are suspicions that the bird has died of freezing. It is still unconfirmed whether the bird is of a migratory species.
Amid bird flu fears rising in Bulgaria, the tension is building at the sight of such incidents.
None of the local authorities contacted so far have been notified of the dead bird's pickup.
My oh my - civil defence authorities, protective gear, disinfectant - for a dead Great Tit!! (as photo clearly shows - and hopefully by now the redoubtable defence authorities will have found a half decent bird book, and noted that Great Tits aren't migratory, and even they aren't immortal, especially in winter).