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People flock from all over the UK to see extremely rare bird seen for first time in 22 years — only to see it killed by a wind turbine. The irony is staggering.

Melanie Hall — The Telegraph — June 27, 2013

Twitchers flocking to see rare bird saw it killed by wind turbine

Scores of twitchers flocked to the Outer Hebrides to see a bird that has been recorded just eight times previously in the UK in nearly 170 years – only to see it slain by a wind turbine.

The White-throated Needletail – the world’s fastest flying bird – was thousands of miles off course after turning up at Tarbert on the Isle of Harris.

It was first seen by two bird spotters from Northumberland on Monday.

There has not been a sighting of the species in Britain since 1991 when a single bird was seen four times – in Kent, Staffordshire, Derbyshire and finally Shetland.

Now 22 years later another White-throated Needletail turned up in the UK, but after more than 80 twitchers flocked to Harris – with scores more on their way – the bird flew into a wind turbine at Tarbert, witnessed by around 40 people.

Josh Jones of Bird Guides said: “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.

“It is 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.”

He added: “The corpse will be sent to a museum but obviously this is just terrible. Some people will have lost the cost of their flights.

Let's save the planet some more!!!

Let’s save the planet some more!!!

“We think the bird had probably come from Siberia. It is so sad what has happened.”  Continue reading, here….

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