...who disturbs resting birds and disrespects private property. Today a photographer, in her close approach on foot through the ditch, caused a flock of ptarmigan that were resting in our yard to run across our lawn. So not cool. I suspect part of the reason that ptarmigan have been hanging around our yard for so long is that they are left relatively undisturbed. We peek at them from our windows so we won't startle them. There are no dogs running loose in our neighbourhood. Local traffic sometimes slows down to look when the ptarmigan are feeding, but that's it, as most of us are used to seeing ptarmigan in town. This case is hopefully the only exception. The photographer was on our property at one point, but perhaps she thought she was still in the ditch. Who knows. We considered walking over to ask her to back off and to chat about ethical birding, but that would risk disturbing the birds even more.
No ptarmigan in the yard this morning. No ptarmigan napping under the willow in the sun. This is how it goes.
Time to move on.