That’s bad enough, but the avicide happened in front of 40 birdwatchers. (Your laughing as you read this, aren’t you?)
Rare bird last seen in Britain 22 years ago reappears — only to be killed by wind turbine in front of a horrified crowd of birdwatchers
- The white-throated needletail is usually only seen in Asia and Australasia
- Forty birdwatchers dashed to the Hebrides to catch a glimpse of this one
- But as they watched it was knocked ’stone dead’ after impact with turbine
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.
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.’