[TN-Bird] Re: Murfreesboro Landfill

  • From: Terry Witt <terrywitt@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: TN-Birds Bird <tn-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 17:59:40 -0800

Access to the landfill has been problematic from day one.

Landfill Road goes to the county landfill, which, although it transects the 
property, has nothing to do with Middle Point Landfill where the gulls 
congregate each day.  In the past year, Middle Point has started moving fill 
(dirt?) from the west side of their property across Landfill Road to the other 
side.  At some point, I assume they will start dumping on the east side of 
Landfill Road.  It is a no-brainer to refrain from blocking this crossing, 
which is quite obvious with a guardshack on the east side and lots of mud in 
the road.  There is very little traffic of any sort past this point, and none 
that should be of concern to Middle Point.  There are fairly wide shoulders 
where one can park off road, and stay out of everyone's way.  I cannot imagine 
the authorities discouraging anyone from parking here, regardless of property 
rights.  All of Middle Point property is fenced, and any unauthorized entry is 
asking for trouble.  There are usually employees
 around the area at all times.

Just use common sense, and there should be a minimum of conflict.  I have been 
going there for many years and have never been hassled, which differs from my 
experience in a number of other areas.  Once most people realize you are there 
just to look at the birds, they usually are quite nice and accommodating as 

I did not see the Iceland Gull yesterday, but the glare in bright sunshine off 
the ice made viewing quite difficult.  There were loads of birds present as 


Terry Witt
Murfreesboro Tn 

On Friday, February 20, 2015 5:39 PM, Terry Witt <terrywitt@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> 

On Friday, February 20, 2015 2:17 PM, Chris Agee <chrisageeinindia@xxxxxxxxx> 

Rutherford Co.
I just went to the dump in Murfreesboro to try and see the Iceland Gull. I was 
away the week that it was being reported and I thought I would take a stab at 
The managers of the landfill asked me to post this
 to TNbird to notify everyone on the list( he already knew what TNbird was) 
that he doesn't recommend trying to view the Gulls on Landfill rd because it is 
very unsafe. Big trash trucks drive very fast on that road and it is kinda 
dangerous to pull over and get scopes out to view the Gulls. He mentioned that 
the road is public but the sides of the road are private property and doesn't 
want anyone pulling over there. I think that he is upset about the recent 
activity with the Iceland Gull. He also mentioned that it is never ok to go 
into the dump itself to view birds and he mentioned pressing charges to anyone 
who ventures in. He said that some recent bird watchers had driven off the road 
within the dump and got stuck. 
  He recommends that there is no safe place to view the birds around the dump 
and it would be illegal to view them within the dump itself. He was nice, but I 
am sure that he is serious about this. 
Chris Agee

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