[Tweeters] discovery at discoverypark

Alan Roedell alanroedell at gmail.com
Fri Jan 27 12:43:49 PST 2017


Parks are severely underfunded. Step up and remind the lawbreakers of the
laws. "If you see something, say something."
Alan Roedell, Seattle

On Thu, Jan 26, 2017 at 9:13 PM, Ron Post <ronpost4 at gmail.com> wrote:


> Hi, I went to the South Meadow with a friend to look around today and got

> a big surprise. We were watching small flocks of chickadees with a

> hovering golden-crowned kinglet when a noise distracted us and drove off

> most of the feeding birds. Someone up the hill toward the big golf-ball

> like water tower thing was controlling a drone. After watching them and

> holding up our binoculars, it was clear they were trying to have some fun

> with birders. The drone hovered near us, apparently waiting to see where

> we would go next. Two other birders came by and described another incident

> how the controller had driven off nearby birds. We walked on, and a minute

> later we saw the drone again, flying toward a tree where a large red-tailed

> hawk was sitting. The drone scared the hawk and it flew toward the water.

> The drone changed direction and followed the hawk until it reached the

> cliffs. The drone drove the hawk completely out of the park.

> I'm going to visit a city council person and ask if they can direct the

> parks department to take any action to prevent these incident. During all

> this, there were also multiple dogs off leash in the meadow.

> It strikes me that the powers that be must either be totally ignorant of

> this type of harassment or unconcerned. Further, I suppose the park's

> caretakers are probably either ignorant or unconcerned about the several

> laws and aviation regulations that were being broken. Others, I know, did

> call the parks department and they did leave messages, for all the good

> that did.

> Ron Post

> ronpost4 at gmail.com

>

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