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    Birdwatchers flock to see rare bird, and then watch it be killed by a wind turbine.

    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.


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    Quote Originally Posted by QKShooter View Post
    Birdwatchers flock to see rare bird, and then watch it be killed bu a wind turbine.

    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.
    Burn wood... forget going green... return to steam power. Apparently the species of bird failed to evolve quick enough...

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    Quote Originally Posted by oakchas View Post
    Something in the water here today, I guess.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NONAME762 View Post
    I drink bottled water from a mountain.
    Do you know what the fish and wildlife do in that water?
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    I may be an odd bird ,,,,, But i am thinking out of the box here and why not Turbine Watching seems to be exciting

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    I propose that we ban all wind turbines.
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    Actually not a White-throated Needletail.

    This one is (or was) its cousin, the White-Throated Kamikaze Needletail from Honshu, Japan. Definitely off course if it's in Scotland.
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    Poor rare little boy-dee - the environmental birdbrains did not intend for you to be a victim of Clean Wind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patti View Post
    I propose that we ban all wind turbines.
    Simply prohibit birds from flying near turbines. The law's the law. Violate it at your own risk.
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    A bird in the hand is worth two in the wind turbine.
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    No need to waste a bird like that, he'd always be good for something?
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    You know, all kidding aside this is somewhat of a tragedy. The very thing that is intended to "help" our Planet, (wind turbines to generate electricity) are actually harmful to our fine feathered friends. So how's that working, Environmental folks?"

    I have also seen a video of a Bald Eagle getting whacked by the blade of one huge windmill someplace and it did not survive the impact.

    Don't know the answer, but wind provided energy is not exactly fool-proof.
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    I remeber the Old commercial fans with the HUGE openings you could stick your arm in . We still have a couple of them we had to put a mesh over them so employees would not stick there hands in them . Yes Osha said so .

    Also i was welding pipe in a ceiling in a large building and got to close to the blade and it smacked me in the side of head . So i know how it feels
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    Quote Originally Posted by oakchas View Post
    Burn wood... forget going green... return to steam power. Apparently the species of bird failed to evolve quick enough...

    I'm sorry.. most of my responses today will tend to the snarky... especially in the off topic and humor sub forum. Something in the water here today, I guess.
    Here as well. Perhaps they should have considered he was committing suicide? They should round up all his friends and fly them back for questioning...assuming they can be caught.

    Guess they're just going to have to stop those wonderful wind turbines. It's all for the birds you know. Wouldn't want them using evil high capacity wind turbines to commit suicide...especially if they're on the NHS health plan.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JoJoGunn View Post
    You know, all kidding aside this is somewhat of a tragedy. The very thing that is intended to "help" our Planet, (wind turbines to generate electricity) are actually harmful to our fine feathered friends. So how's that working, Environmental folks?"

    I have also seen a video of a Bald Eagle getting whacked by the blade of one huge windmill someplace and it did not survive the impact.

    Don't know the answer, but wind provided energy is not exactly fool-proof.
    That's the way it works, particularly with most if not all of the working "green" energy plans out there now. The difference of 5-4 does not equal 6 and that's effectively what they try to do with all of this mess...
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