Birdwatchers flock to see rare bird, then watch it killed by wind turbine

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Victim of green energy

Victim of green energy

Fox News: There hasn’t been a sighting of a White-throated Needletail in the United  Kingdom for 22 years, so nearly 80 birdwatchers flocked to Scotland this week to get a look, the Telegraph reported.  But instead of enjoying the world’s fastest flying bird soaring, they watched it fly into the small blade of a wind turbine and die.

“It was seen by birders fly straight into the turbine. It is ironic that after waiting so long for this bird to turn up in the UK, it was killed by a wind turbine and not a natural predator, “ Josh Jones of Bird Guides said.

The Needletail was apparently thousands of miles off course when two bird  spotters identified it on the isle of Harris Monday. By Wednesday, scores of  watchers had gathered in the Tarbet area of Harris, Outer Hebrides, Scotland to catch a glimpse of the rare bird.

“It’s tragic. More than 80 people had already arrived on the island and  others were coming from all over the country. But it just flew into the turbine. It was killed instantly,” Jones told the Telegraph.

Avid bird watcher David Campbell witnessed the accident Wednesday. “We all  ran over there and were heartbroken to find the poor bird lying beneath the machine, in perfect condition apart from blood and slight trauma on the head –  but it was stone dead. Cries of sorrow and anger from the assembled birders began to turn into discussion as to what would happen to the bird’s corpse, as we took pictures of it lying there. Seeing it up close, as much as I’d rather it were still alive, was, if nothing else, a rare opportunity to examine the utterly amazing plumage and structure of the Needletail,” Campbell wrote in his  blog, Devil Birder.

Experts believed the bird had likely come from Siberia, Australia, or Japan.   It may have gotten lost and affected by the weather. A spokesman for Bird  Guides said it was only the ninth time it was spotted in the UK since 1846.

“A very sad end to a delightful bird that may well have attracted many more  birders to Harris over the following days had it not met it’s untimely demise,  “said Western Isles wildlife expert Steve Duffield.

The bird’s body will be sent to a museum.

The unintended consequences of green energy. So sad.

h/t Anon

DCG

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0 responses to “Birdwatchers flock to see rare bird, then watch it killed by wind turbine

  1. Over 500,000 birds, including rare, endangered and threatened species are killed by wind turbines EVERY YEAR. Yet Exxon was fined Millions of dollars when the Exxon Valdeze leaked its oil and killed less than 100 birds. Sounds like the turbine owners need to pony up billions in fines. But then they can’t even afford to build their killing machines without governments confiscating our money and giving it over to green energy.

     
  2. Thanks for this post, DCG.
    Every time I drive by one of these turbines, I’m reminded again of the consequences of electing fools to positions in the government.

     
  3. Where’s P.E.T.A.?

     
  4. birds hit my house all the time… but they don’t die from it.
    This is sad indeed!

     
  5. That is so messed up!

     
  6. The Valdez spill killed up to 270,000 birds. You may be mistaking the 100 bird carcasses that were tagged with markers and tossed overboard near the Barren Islands as a corpse drift study in order to better calculate the difference between birds recovered and the total birds killed.

    The Fish and Wildlife Service reported 151 eagles alone found dead after the spill.

     
  7. The majority of the bird deaths related to the Exxon Valdez spill were what we refer to here in Alaska as common gulls { the glaucous-winged gull } , or as we call them in the commercial fishing community—flying rats. Gulls, like rats, tend to breed well past the point of species viability unless controlled by an outside entity. The Eagles, Auks, Cormorants, Kittiwakes and other avian species that died as a result of the spill were indeed a profound loss, but the demise of those gulls, like rats and cockroaches that also spread disease will not mourned here.

    WBA

     
  8. OK, then, NOW it’s extinct.

    And it’s not just windmills that kill birds, it’s baseballs:

    (Not for the squeamish)

     

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