Margo and I have been to see the orange-crowned warbler on Doane Street in Gloucester that was reported on eBird. The first time, we did not see the bird in this neighborhood, staying only about 10 or 15 minutes. But more recently we did see the bird visit the feeder a couple of times in during our fifteen minute stay. Each time, we did as the homeowner instructed on eBird, that we park on Shore Hill Rd, near the corner of Wheeler, in front of a small park called Smith Thompson Park, where there is room for about three cars. They requested that we should refrain from driving down Doane St, as it is a narrow road with no available parking.
I have since learned that the homeowner "was furious" this past weekend, when a blue car with several occupants drove down the narrow road trying to observe the bird from the car. Without getting into the discussion of public roads, etc., this is a crowded neighborhood with narrow roads and no parking in many areas, as described by the homeowner. The walk from the designated parking is less than 2 minutes. It was kind (and increasingly rare) for the homeowner to share such a bird. It is inexcusable for recipients of this shared report to ignore the homeowner's request, which is necessary to keep neighbors calm and the bird accessible to others. A few can spoil it for the rest of us.
Access matters so that birders, and others, will continue to be able to see uncommon birds in sensitive areas. Please heed the requests of controlled access in this, and any future requests, that help ensure the opportunity of seeing less common, and even more rare birds, going forward.
Steve Grinley Bird Watcher's Supply & Gift 194 Route 1, Newburyport, MA 01950 <Birdwsg...> 978-462-0775 www.birdwatcherssupplyandgifts.com