Date: 1/22/20 3:42 pm
From: Shawn R. Smolen-Morton <SSmolenMorton...>
Subject: Re: Chasing the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, access to Jenkins Farm Road
Good evening, David.
Thanks for posting this full description of your experience to the list. Three apparent residents passed me on Monday, and all waved and smiled. One woman in her 40's stopped, nodded, and wished me a good day. Those No Trespassing signs are clearly facing the road. I took them to mean "stay off of the fields." I did. I would not enter such fields sign or no sign.

Have a good night, my friend.
From: <carolinabirds-request...> <carolinabirds-request...> on behalf of David McLean <carolinabirds...>
Sent: Wednesday, January 22, 2020 5:07 PM
To: carolinabirds <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Chasing the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, access to Jenkins Farm Road

W 22 Jan 2020


I've chased the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher on Jenkins Road, Johns Island, SC on both Monday (late morning) and today, Wednesday (early afternoon). I too saw the signs indicating private property and was initially careful and deliberate to stay at my car just off the paved drive entrance. The street sign on River Road marking Jenkins Farm Road was, after all, a green sign and not a blue sign. It is my understanding that green signs are used for county roads (i.e., public) and that blue signs are used for private roads, i.e., for privately maintained roads.

I have spoken with three local residents who stopped and inquired if I was chasing the bird; they asked me from a point of prior knowledge. Each was quite intrigued and interested with the prospects of there being a rare bird there, though two of them did say that the fields where I was standing was not their property, that their property was further down the road.

One of these local residents did indicate the the owner would likely not appreciate anyone being in the field; I assured him that I would not be going into the field but would rather stay on the dirt road and on the immediate shoulders. He didn't think that the owners (of the field) would mind my presence there on and immediately alongside the road.

I had very pleasant interactions with all three of these local residents, enjoyed sharing information about the bird, and was left feeling welcomed to look for the bird from the road. Many other vehicles drove past during my time on Jenkins Farm Road, some obviously commercial, others not obviously commercial. Almost all drivers exchanged brief hand waves with me. No one suggested that I ought not be there. I felt welcomed.

My specific suggestion would be to go ahead and look for the target bird from the road and immediate shoulders without going into the field at all.


David McLean
Charleston, SC

David C. McLean, Jr.
DCMcLean AT gmail DOT com

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