[Tweeters] White Wagtail Accessibility

AnnMarie Wood amw.5737 at gmail.com
Wed Jan 24 20:05:02 PST 2018


Congratulations! Isn’t it great to be in the right place at exactly the
right time?

When I approached the dairy farm, also with the intention of getting
permission to enter, I encountered a man leaving in a pickup truck. When I
tried to make my request I discovered that he didn’t speak English.

Given the layout, the multiple no trespassing signs, no one else in sight,
and no obvious office, I turned around and left.

Hoping for another opportunity,
Ann Marie

On Wed, Jan 24, 2018 at 7:40 PM Carol Riddell <cariddellwa at gmail.com> wrote:

> I have added three very poor photos to this eBird checklist. The distance

> between the public viewing area on Neal Road, and the tree on the dairy

> farm across the Snoqualmie River really strained the limits of my 400 mm

> lens. Jordan Roderick’s photos should be much better since he has a longer

> lens.


> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S42209787


> I elected not to approach the farm house on the property where the wagtail

> was seen. I agree with Jeff Bryant that the bird is most likely on the

> ground or a low perch, where it cannot be seen from Neal Road on the east

> side of the river. My success with getting access to a bird on farm

> properties has been mixed but I have always been treated politely by the

> landowner, even when access was denied. That could change if many birders

> were to seek access as it could annoy the farm family. That said, perhaps

> someone from the BRC with a camera (RM!) might approach the landowners and

> try to see if better photos can be obtained for further documentation.

> There is a “No Trespassing” sign just before reaching the house. We were

> not sure whether the owners would mean that to apply to a birder seeking

> permission to look for the wagtail. For all we know, they might get a kick

> out of hosting a rare bird as long as access does not interfere with their

> operation.


> Carol Riddell

> Edmonds

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