Date: 3/31/17 10:46 pm
From: 'Migrant' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...>
Subject: Re: [cobirds] Burrowing Owls and security guards, Adams county
I was the other birder that the stupendously self-important "officer" (or whatever she was- a wannabe of some sort) attempted to chase off. I chose not to be chased. When she said, "you need to move along" (with sort of the same intonation one would use on a ten-year-old potential miscreant, loitering outside the sweet shop, awaiting an opportunity to steal a lollipop), I asked why. She replied that all the land around there is owned by farmers, DIA, etc, etc. She didn't specify who owns the shoulder of the road, but I suspect it is a public right of way. When I appeared reluctant to follow her stentorian-voiced instructions, she declared that, by golly, she'd just call the police. I allowed that seemed to be a grand idea, and please do. I waited around for a while (unsuccessfully scanning for the owls), but no police appeared.
I think she must be comrads-in-arms with Golf Cart Boy out at Latham.
Anyway, as Candace mentioned, I guess we have one more place where we offensive, aggressive, felonious birdwatchers are going to be harassed. I guess there aren't enough real criminals out there to keep these people busy......

Norm Lewis
Lakewood

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> On Mar 31, 2017, at 6:05 PM, Johnson, Candice E., MD. <Candice.Johnson...> wrote:
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> Today at 10 am my husband and I got out of our car on 96th Avenue near DIA and briefly saw 2 Burrowing Owls. We used our spotting scope & we noticed a couple of oil company trucks not too far away from the burrows. We drove on & returned about 20 minutes later. At the same spot was a HSS security vehicle, which pulled up next to us & told us we had to move on. We protested that we were only birdwatchers, but the woman officer kept yelling until we closed our windows. She then harassed another car driven by a birder with binocs across the road. Just a warning! I don't think they have any jurisdiction over the public highway, but I remain open to education.
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> Candice E. Johnson
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