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October 3, 2008
The Charlestown (W. Va.) Daily Mail reported that "hundreds" of yellow warblers and other migratory birds died this week when they flew into a lighted school building that sits on a hill in Hambleton, W. Va. It appears that the slaughter was an example of a phenomenon known as bird kill or tower kill, in which nocturnal birds that find their way by natural light become disoriented by artificial lighting and crash into illuminated structures.
The Daily Mail reported that Assistant Principal Mickel Bonnett arrived at Tucker County High School about 6:30 a.m. Monday and saw birds smacking into the side of the building. "Bonnett said he thought the birds were attracted to the lights inside the school as it was dark outside," the paper reported.