Nearly a dozen dead robins could be seen Tuesday around Paul Brown Stadium. On the walkway off Central Avenue and West Pete Rose Way five lifeless birds could easily be spotted, just below the expressway.
“Carbon-monoxide poisoning, maybe the trucks and stuff coming across and it builds up,” said Wild Birds Unlimited General Manager, Chris Sweigard. He said the birds most likely roost in pockets of the expressway to protect themselves from the weather and to stay warm.
Bird experts at the Cincinnati Zoo said the robins are also victims of the harsh winter, and the stress of the weather and lack of food can kill them.
"Right now there would be a lot of flocking birds because they help each other find food this time of year. They won't separate for a few weeks for nesting, but right now they are forging together staying together," said Sweigard.
Jeffrey Kennedy, who works downtown, walks the pathway routinely and said he sees the birds almost every day.
“It's disgusting,” he said. Kennedy wishes the city would clean the birds up.
City officials said they do have a department to clear dead animals from roadways, but they wouldn't know about the birds unless they were called. Usually, city officials said, crews are only called for large animals on main roads.
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