The Death of a Friend - Killed by the False Friend Wind Power

Millions of birds are killed each year by wind turbines, and the carnage is papered over by the "green" establishment. But one poor bird finally made it to the national press in the UK. Here are some excerpts from Wattsupwiththat's "Imagine the ‘outrage’ from environmentalists if it had been an oil derrick":

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, bird watchers 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.

This video was taken after the bird was killed by the wind turbine, and it seems there is no video of the actual collision with the wind turbine, though there are several reports in the British MSM about the event. Of course if it had been an oil derrick or a power plant smokestack that caused the death, you can bet every environmental organization would be having a collective cow. But, it was killed by green energy, so the death gets a pass.

Here is the bird in the area before it ventured into the wind turbine area. It certainly is fast.

Commenter CodeTech adds:

It’s horrific to see what is happening almost everywhere that migratory birds migrate, and all of the Raptor flying areas are also ideal for these slicing/dicing/clubbing machines. It would be difficult to imagine a more effective way to SCREW UP NATURE, even if we were trying to do it intentionally.

The justification for this has nothing to do with “climate change”, it’s pure greed and money grubbing. It needs to stop, and these things need to be taken down NOW.

To those who mock this danger, SHAME on you. Oil derricks and office buildings are STATIC obstructions, built away from migratory paths. Windmills are DELIBERATELY placed where the birds need to be, and are spinning and confusing to any bird. They don’t understand, they are incapable of understanding. I’d like to think humans are smarter than birds, however my faith in that is very, very low right now.

You can read more analysis of the terribly bad performance of wind turbines, and how they are trying to solve a non-problem, on our other site,

Commenter Janice Moore adds:

In Oscar Wilde’s short story “The Happy Prince,” a little swallow sacrifices his life to bring warmth and food and joy to the poor of the city, and the angels come and carry him away.

I am a staunch believer in free markets, private property, and am a U. S. Constitution originalist. I am for peace through military strength. I am, in short, a “conservative.” I also have tears rolling down my face as I write this. I love animals. I love them so much.

Little swift, soar through blue sky,
sunlight glinting in your eye,
free at last to Live and cry,
“I laugh at windmills — watch me FLY.”.

I dedicate this video to the memory of a little bird that closed its eyes for the last time this week.

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Thank you for honoring a valiant little bird (and my WUWT post) by re-publishing my tribute here. I'm so glad to know someone appreciated it.

What a poignantly descriptive title you chose for your blog. Perfect.

I noticed the review of the book about robins (aren't they wonderful! -- their mellifluous good night song is the loveliest in the world). It reminded me of a book that is likely out of print, but well worth finding and reading, called:

Mr. Tweedy by Anne Marie Schilling about her delightful and moving encounter with a real robin.

KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK fighting for those who cannot speak out for themselves.