What does UDA stand for? Thanks,
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From: "Al Ports" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Sunday, April 29, 2007 4:22 PM
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] border patrol
>I spend a couple of months each winter in southern Arizona. I've never
>been stopped by the border patrol, but I've stopped to talk to them on a
>number of occasions. A bit of twist to this thread.
> Two years ago I was birding the DeAnza trail south of Tubac. All of a
> sudden the hairs on the back of my end stood out and I had the feeling I
> was being followed. I stopped and wheeled and not more than two paces
> behind be was a UDA walking footstep for footstep with me. He had little
> English, and I have little Spanish, but we managed a very stilted
> conversation. He wanted to know how far Tucson was and would I give him
> money to get there. Answer was about 40 kms, and no!. I started walking
> again and he kept pace with me. Just on the edge of Tubac I again turned
> and told him there was village just ahead; he asked for cigarettes, which
> I didn't have, and then disappeard into the brush.
> Although a bit unsettling at the time, it dawned on me later that looking
> down from above whether it it be from one of the fixed-wing aircraft or
> helicopters flown by the Border Patrol, and that are in the air
> constantly, that here were just two more birdwatchers on an outing, and
> nothing worth further looking into.
> Al Ports
> Rumney NH
> Kent McFarland <[log in to unmask]> wrote: Well, someone mentioned
> border patrol so heck, I will throw my story
> into the mix in short version.
> Arizona-MX border. I could spit across. Barely light out in morning.
> Excited to bird after a night in the sleeping bag. Out of no where a
> large SUV rolls up in a dust cloud. Out hop several nicely armed agents
> and told me - DO NOT MOVE. As they sized me up and I took in their
> weaponry, I think my binos and notebook started to sink into their
> minds. Within a few minutes they were joking with me. Apparently, they
> were spying on me from a blimp. They saw 3 men approach me and then run
> back off to MX. They thought it was a drug drop. Well, I never even saw
> 3 men! I guess they saw me and probably my binos and miight of thought I
> was official and decided to head back to MX.
> Someone should collect these stories!
> Kent McFarland
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