Val, when exactly were you deputized? I once saw you chase a little old man away from the area outside your fancy water feature at Fort Smith Park - he was quietly collecting fallen leaves that he planned to press, but you thought his presence might be disruptive to the birds coming to drink (even though you had just taken a break from weeding the very same garden). Why?????? Now regarding you're response to Mr. Parkins post from Rectortown - whether or not it was wrong for Mr. Parkin to wander a few feet on to private property to satisfy his harmless curiosity of the pavillion, is NOT the issue with me. You pointing it out IS. If you have a gripe WITH HIM, take it up WITH HIM, and spare the rest of us your self-righteous ramblings. Most of us VA-birders are quite capable of doing the right thing without you constantly reminding us what it is. All you're missing is a toy badge from an old Cracker Jack box... Oh, almost forgot. I've had a flock of 60+ Purple Finches at my feeders for the past few weeks. Very sincerely, Ian C. Topolsky Ruth, VA --- VBKitchens@xxxxxxx wrote: > VA Birders, > > In a recent posting on the Short-eared Owls at Rectortown in > Fauquier > Co., the writer said he "wandered back to the pavilion to look at > it." From my > visit to this site, I believe the pavilion to which the writer refers > is on > private property in the field behind the driveway entrance where you > can pull > off the road to look for the owls. > > Principle #2 of the ABA (American Birding Association) Code of > Birding > Ethics states "Respect the law and the rights of others. . . . Do > not enter > private property without the owner's explicit permission." > > Unfortunately, birders are sometimes viewed with suspicion (think > CBBT), > and incidents like this can lead to birders not being welcome in a > neighborhood where an unusual bird has shown up. So please, folks, > when we give > directions to good birds on the Listserv, be considerate of private > property owners as > well as other birders when you go to look for these birds. Thanks. > > Good birding, > Val Kitchens > Arlington, VA > You are subscribed to VA-BIRD. To post to this mailing list, simply > send email to va-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx To unsubscribe, send email to > va-bird-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with 'unsubscribe' in the Subject > field. > > __________________________________________________ Do You Yahoo!? Tired of spam? Yahoo! Mail has the best spam protection around http://mail.yahoo.com You are subscribed to VA-BIRD. To post to this mailing list, simply send email to va-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx To unsubscribe, send email to va-bird-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with 'unsubscribe' in the Subject field.