From Miracle on the Hudson: The Survivors of Flight 1549, by W. Prochnau and L. Parker, p. 34: "On Flight 1549, Smithsonian scientists concluded that the bird parts, known as snarge, removed from the engines, wings, and fuselage came overwhelmingly from Canada geese but also from ducks, doves, and various songbirds."
Not to worry, skipvia. Been seeing photos like that everywhere since the plane in the Hudson the other day. It's an ongoing and serious problem, and thank heavens in this case everyone survived! :-) Wish I'd see a tad more sympathy for the birds involved, though. I'm sure they weren't thrilled about a mid-air encounter with a giant metal bird. :-(
The remains of a bird that has struck an airplane. Heard today on All Things Considered during a discussion of the Hudson River US Airways jet ditching. Snarge is collected and carefully studied after impact in order to learn more about the bird and the nature of the accident.
Sorry for the unfortunate mental image, reesetee...