[Tweeters] Please Go Birding

Philip McCrain phil at mccrain.com
Mon Mar 23 17:36:11 PDT 2020

My wife and I took advantage of the sun on Wednesday afternoon and wandered Juanita Bay park. For the most part everyone was respectful and maintained a reasonable distance (excepting some semi-supervised children on scooters.) At least until the wood duck pair swam toward my side of the dock. Suddenly I was surrounded by birder/photographers going for the capture. My wife semi-joking said that she thought they were going to knock me over to get their shot.

Needless to say I’m not headed back there anytime soon.

Philip McCrain
phil at mccrain.com

On Mar 22, 2020, at 9:08 PM, Todd Sahl <toddsahl at outlook.com> wrote:

Not taking sides, but wanted to share that my experience outside yesterday was that places are significantly more crowded than normal.

Redmond Retention Ponds had 5 cars parked at the entrance, Chinook Bend parking lot was completely full, under the bridge over the Snoqualmie river there were 4 cars, Tolt-Macdonald Parking lot was c noletely full, Tokul Creek confluence had multiple cars and lots of people down at the water. Looking up toward the base of Snoqualmie Falls in my scope from the confluence there were just people everywhere.

Seems like everyone is looking for a little relief from being shut in, making it harder to keep safe distance.

Todd Sahl

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> On Mar 22, 2020, at 8:48 PM, Loren Mooney <loren.mooney at gmail.com> wrote:





> Hopefully the governor will shut it all down this week. Clearly people aren't taking this seriously enough.


> On Sun, Mar 22, 2020 at 8:00 PM Steve Loitz <steveloitz at gmail.com <mailto:steveloitz at gmail.com>> wrote:

> I spent the past three days self-powered skiing at Snoqualmie Pass. Yesterday there were est. 100 people there, although it's a large area and it was very easy to stay 20 feet or more away from one another. One of my skiing partners, a Seattle MD working on the front line of defense against the virus, opined that the circumstances we encountered up at Snoqualmie Pass were safer than anything he had observed outside in Seattle.


> Today, while taking a break at the top of our route, I watched a juvenile Golden Eagle soaring high above Alpental Valley. Such a treat! I see a GOEA every few years in the Snoqualmie Pass area, and delight each time.


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