Around 30 birdwatchers travelled to Harris this week to view a very rare white-throated needletail, which breeds in Asia and winters in Australasia. One enthusiast who went to the Western Isles to view the bird told of his “dismay” after watching it fly into a wind turbine and die. The bird has only been recorded five times in the UK since 1950.
A spokeswoman for the RSPB said: “Whilst the collision of this unusual visitor with a small domestic wind turbine is very unfortunate, incidents of this sort are really very rare. Careful choice of location and design of wind farms and turbines prevents, as much as possible, such occurrences happening on a large scale.”
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