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The Bermuda Triangle for Pigeons

If you're a pigeon fancier in England, then you probably already knew about the mysterious "Bermuda Triangle" area encompassing Thirsk, Wetherby and Consett:

In the latest episode, only 13 out of 232 birds released in Thirsk last Saturday by a Scottish pigeon racing club made it back to Galashiels in the Scottish Borders. [...] Scottish pigeon racer Austin Lindores said: “When they fly down to the Thirsk, Wetherby and Consett area we call it the Bermuda Triangle because something always seems to happen.

Theories include summer rains that send the birds off course, high solar activity that distorted the magnetic fields the birds use to navigate, problems with birds of prey, and even signals from a local monitoring station. Link

What say you, Neatoramanauts? What do you think caused the birds to go missing in the Bermuda Triangle of pigeons?

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Then again, it might have something to do with a major cluster of military radio and radar sites along there, a fast jet base etc.

As someone who has been travelling that road for a great many years, I'd discount the metals dumping notion. Other routes, not within these boundaries, but within the map, have far higher metals concentrations.
Teesside, for example, steelworks, or leadmining in the hills to the west.
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Heavy metals tend to cause problems with Magnetic fields.

Another thing would be Heavy machinery..They can cause an influx of electrical current..
Looking up the location, I see a major road, all the way down..Interesting.
Seems it would be easy to monitor. But I will suggest that A good amount of Metals have been DUMPED along that road side.. Probably from old Mills, in the past.(dump sites were popular in the past) as well as 2 national parks on both sides..

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