SAINT-AUGUSTIN-DE-DESMAURES - Reports of dead birds falling from the sky have made headlines across the world this week, and now authorities are investigating a similar mystery near Quebec City after a farmer found about 80 dead pigeons on his property.

Sylvain Turmel told CTV Montreal's Kai Nagata he finds the whole thing unsettling.

"I opened the door and there were 25 pigeons on the ground," he said Thursday.

Turmel said the pigeons flapped their wings for a while, then died.

Over the past three weeks, Turmel said that almost every day a few more pigeons have dropped out of the sky onto his property in Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures.

There are no obvious signs of physical trauma on these birds.

Wildlife officers have taken five birds to an animal pathology lab in Quebec City for further testing.

David Bird, a McGill wildlife biologist, doesn't expect the lab results will be all that dramatic.

"It's not abnormal to have bird flocks die in large numbers," he said.

"I can tell you right now it isn't a death ray from an alien space ship, It's not a biblical prophecy coming true. It's none of those things at all."

It all started when residents in Arkansas woke up New Year's Day to find 5,000 dead blackbirds in the streets.

Since then, flocks of dead birds have turned up in Louisiana, Sweden -- the list keeps growing.

Bird said each incident has a logical cause, from fireworks to cold weather to eating road salt.

Based on the behaviour of the dying pigeons, Bird suspects foul play may be involved.

"There are a lot of people out there who don't like pigeons," he said.

People in this community believe someone is probably poisoning them on purpose.