Rare bird killed by wind turbine as birdwatchers look on

The green taliban really has a lot to answer for.

Now a rare bird Rare bird last seen in Britain 22 years ago killed by wind turbine in front of crowd of twitchers who turned up to catch a glimpse.

There had been only eight recorded sightings of the white-throated needletail in the UK since 1846. So when one popped up again on British shores this week, twitchers were understandably excited.

A group of 40 enthusiasts dashed to the Hebrides to catch a glimpse of the brown, black and blue bird, which breeds in Asia and winters in Australasia.

But instead of being treated to a wildlife spectacle they were left with a horror show when it flew into a wind turbine and was killed. 

Sorry end: The needletail pictured after its unfortunate and deadly altercation with a wind turbine on the Isle of Harris in the Hebrides

Sorry end: The needletail pictured after its unfortunate and deadly altercation with a wind turbine on the Isle of Harris in the Hebrides

John Marchant, 62, who had made the trip all the way from Norfolk, said: ‘We were absolutely over the moon to see the bird. We watched it for nearly two hours.

‘But while we were watching it suddenly got a bit close to the turbine and then the blades hit it.

‘We all rushed up to the turbine, which took about five minutes, hoping the bird had just been knocked out the sky but was okay.

‘Unfortunately it had taken a blow to the head and was stone dead.

‘It was really beautiful when it was flying around, graceful and with such speed. To suddenly see it fly into a turbine and fall out the sky was terrible.’

The last sighting of a white-throated needletail was 22 years ago. A relative of the common swift, it is said to be capable of flying at an astonishing 106mph.


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  • maninblack

    that is unbelievably ironic. Fucking Greenies.

  • Justsayn

    Serves it right, flying around crapping everywhere, stupid bird. That turbine is probably making a kids iPad work, and the silly bird goes flying into it. I only hope the turbine didn’t get damaged.

  • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

    S**it happens bro. Move on. Nothing to do with Green initiatives….

  • Maggy Wassilieff

    Project West Wind, Makara, Wellington seems to chop up little birdies too…

    Australasian harriers seem to be their preferred victims

    Post-construction avian mortality monitoring at Project West Wind
    LS Bull, S Fuller & D Sim
    Pages: 28-46
    DOI: 10.1080/03014223.2012.757242

  • Bunswalla

    We had a couple of white-throated needletails on the barbie just last week. Fucking lovely they were too.

  • pukakidon

    The greens have a lot to answer for. 29 miners endangered animals. Bloody morons

  • Whanga_Cynic

    Hang on. Why does it matter? The fucking thing wasn’t indigenous, so it should have been sent back where it came from (or put down). Isn’t that Greenie policy?