Nearly everyone knows the story of Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, who successfully landed U.S. Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River after a bird strike knocked out his plane's engines shortly after takeoff. After that, the three major airports in the New York City area declared war on birds, shooting and trapping as many as 70,000 gulls, starlings, geese, and other birds since the January 2009 incident. But even with these deadly efforts, the average number of bird strikes reported at LaGuardia, JFK, and Newark airports has nearly doubled, the Associated Press reported. Thankfully, at least, there have been no major incidents since U.S. Airways Flight 1549. The birds, however, haven't been so lucky. The avian death toll in six years has included roughly 28,000 seagulls, 16,800 European starlings, 6,000 brown-headed cowbirds, 4,500 mourning doves, and 1,830 Canada geese.
The less-than-friendly skies: