Date: 1/12/18 2:47 pm From: Michael Linz <mplinz...> Subject: Prairie Falcon in Atkins Bottoms
I had the opportunity to talk to the land owners where the Falcon has been seen recently. They were very nice. The lady explained to me that "bird people" had been constantly "camped out" on her road for the past week. That some were trespassing on their private roads and property including sites with buildings on them. She further explained that the presence of people camped out near her house makes her nervous. She said while she expects the the people are good people, she does not know them and it bothers her to see cars parked and/or blocking the road.
I was upset that members of our birding community were trespassing. I told her I would publish her concerns...so that is the reason for this note.
I suspect with the weekend coming more people may venture to Atkins. I would like to suggest the following. Avoid travel on the west side of McLaren Loop. If you travel on the west side of the loop do NOT STOP for any reason. The trees and field where the falcon has been seen are visible from highway 105 S. So turn right on 105 S where it intersects with Atkin Bottoms Road and scope from a 100 yds from the intersection. This will meet the needs of birders needing a view of the bird. It will not satisfy the photographers needing a close up picture. I suggest the photographers need to look for a different bird to photograph. It would seem to me that driving other roads that are not near this house should still be OK.
It is important that we as a community keep a good reputation. Hopefully you agree with me and will give these people some relief.
Thanks Michael Linz(Conway, AR)
BTW: I left loop when the lady told me her concerns without getting a positive ID on the falcon I was observing. It seemed more important to me to make her more comfortable than for me to see a bird.