“Hail”-stone the bloody crows

"Hail”-stone the bloody crows


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Farmers say they have never seen anything like it. The count was 150 crows killed by hail just in this spot alone.

Farmers say they have never seen anything like it. The count was 150 crows killed by hail just in this spot alone.

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Tornado-type storm with hail as large as golf balls ravaged the Tullamore district recently.

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IT was no “murder” of crows what Mother Nature lashed out a couple of weeks ago in a ferocious tornado-type storm through the Tullamore district, it was more a slaughter.

When Mark Fisher first encounted this scene of dead crows killed by hail stones in the storm he quickly counted 155 head.

His tale was not believed, so he went back and recounted, ending up with a tally of 203 birds.

The damaging storm raging through the Tullamore district. Contributed photo.

The damaging storm raging through the Tullamore district. Contributed photo.

Mr Fisher and wife, Jo, farm “Tresylva”, south-west of town and lost every hectare of crop growing including 800ha of canola and 485ha of wheat and other crops – all completely flattened by the storm which was detected as having a five to six kilometre width.

Hating the bird, Mr Fisher admits not feeling remorse for them as he has witnessed the damage they cause to sheep, especially their eyes.

He was so pleased all the machinery was under cover.

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