Date: 1/24/18 8:08 pm
From: AnnMarie Wood <amw.5737...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] White Wagtail Accessibility

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...> 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.
> 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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