Also, perhaps something a little more sinister, according to the following news story:
"ENCON is investigating an unusual situation that happened outside Ellis Hospital in Schenectady Thursday night. It started around seven o'clock, when employees noticed dead birds falling in the parking lot and on nearby streets.
HAZMAT crews, ENCON officials and police were then called to the hospital to investigate. Hospital officials tell NEWS10 they hired a licensed, professional extermination company to help them with a pigeon problem. And that company used corn feed laced with a common pesticide to kill the birds.
"The exterminator has applied a product called Avetrol to control the pigeons, that he was contracted by Ellis Hospital to do...and unfortunately no one else knew about this and the target species, which are the pigeons, ingested the Avetrol," says health official Jack Parisi.
We are told there is no health threat to anyone living in the area. As a precaution, the parking lot and ER was shut down while crews investigated; but the hospital remained open during the incident."