You can imagine the excitement level for bird watchers as they recorded only the 8th appearance of a white-throated needletail in the U.K.  since 1846.

Here is the before video …


The needletail has the distinguished honor of being the fastest bird in flight, exceeding speeds of 106 mph.

But this particular bird went from 106 mph down to zero in a hurry, when it tragically flew into the blade of a wind turbine.

Via the Daily Mail (h/t Gateway Pundit):

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.

And here is the after video …