Two European starlings of the sort that were found dead on I-95 on Wednesday.
Dozens of dead birds scattered across Interstate-95 in Laurel, Md. snarled traffic this afternoon. Highway workers cleared about 100 birds from the interstate near Van Dusen Road in Prince George's County.
Dave Heilmeier with the state department of natural resources says they've seen this type of thing before: "They could have flown in the path of a truck and hit them on the front or just gotten caught in the side draft of the truck and it essentially bounces them off the trailer and that's enough impact to kill them."
Heilmeier says it was an isolated incident, and all indications point to death by trauma.
"We will take to lab to confirm cause of death, and have necropsy done and we will monitor that no other birds turn up dead anywhere else," says Heilmeier.
He says the birds were European Starlings.
"They're a common species -- little black birds that fly around in these flocks. You see a bunch of them at a time typically in a residential community going from tree to tree, yard to yard. Making a tremendous squaking noise when they're in a flock like that."
Traffic was tied up along I-95 North for hours.