[Tweeters] discovery at discoverypark
pdickins at gmail.com
Thu Jan 26 21:39:55 PST 2017
A person was flying a drone at Edmonds Marina Beach Park today. He was not harassing the birds intentionally, but it certainly seemed to be upsetting the gulls. They were flying erratically around the little park while the drone was in the air.
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> On Jan 26, 2017, at 9:13 PM, Ron Post <ronpost4 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi, I went to the South Meadow with a friend to look around today and got a big surprise. We were watching small flocks of chickadees with a hovering golden-crowned kinglet when a noise distracted us and drove off most of the feeding birds. Someone up the hill toward the big golf-ball like water tower thing was controlling a drone. After watching them and holding up our binoculars, it was clear they were trying to have some fun with birders. The drone hovered near us, apparently waiting to see where we would go next. Two other birders came by and described another incident how the controller had driven off nearby birds. We walked on, and a minute later we saw the drone again, flying toward a tree where a large red-tailed hawk was sitting. The drone scared the hawk and it flew toward the water. The drone changed direction and followed the hawk until it reached the cliffs. The drone drove the hawk completely out of the park.
> I'm going to visit a city council person and ask if they can direct the parks department to take any action to prevent these incident. During all this, there were also multiple dogs off leash in the meadow.
> It strikes me that the powers that be must either be totally ignorant of this type of harassment or unconcerned. Further, I suppose the park's caretakers are probably either ignorant or unconcerned about the several laws and aviation regulations that were being broken. Others, I know, did call the parks department and they did leave messages, for all the good that did.
> Ron Post
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