It may turn out to be something more disturbing and newsworthy than this, but such events need to be kept in context. Human actions kill billions of birds each year, primarily through domestic cats, collisions with buildings and habitat destruction. Our collective activity represents the largest threat to other living things on the planet for millions of years.
Sometimes, we are so keen to find things that are new that we get used to living with ongoing catastrophe.
In other news, six more Australian bird species were recently declared extinct.