I have had the police twice that I can think of in Ontario. First
time was while atlassing along the St Lawrence, in Cardinal. I was
driving very slowly along streets with my binoculars, checking for
nesting evidence and was tailed for a while. Eventually I was
stopped , but let go once I explained and showed my ID!
The other time was during our annual Falcon Watch in downtown
Ottawa. Some people in the hotel where the nest was called the
police to report someone watching their window with binoculars!
Again, that was straightened out, the hotel notified all guests from
then on, and the police now come by to get updates on our chicks!
Happy Birding! Eve
On 26-Apr-07, at 9:27 PM, Michael Blust wrote:
> I recall hearing a story many years ago of two NJ birders who were
> checking out a sparrow in the bushes next to a house. A couple of
> dapper gents came out and ushered them inside for interrogation.
> Seems the Mafia wasn't too keen on people with binoculars.
> Michael Blust
> Dept. of Natural Science
> Green Mountain College
> Poultney, VT 05764
> From: Vermont Birds on behalf of Chris Kibbe
> Sent: Thu 4/26/2007 9:15 PM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] question
> Cheer up, we got chased by a guy with a shovel while doing a whip-
> census route late one night last summer.
> on 4/26/07 8:57 PM, Lance Tanino at [log in to unmask] wrote:
>> Hello birders:
>> I have been wondering how often do birders get visited by the
>> police? Has
>> anyone walked down a neighborhood street birding and had someone
>> call the
>> police on them? I've had that experience recently and wondered how
>> frequently that occurs to birders.