Scam or Not?

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I'm not sure if this is a scam or if it's legitimate, but a younger guy came to our door in Mission Canyon and said he needed to inspect our yard and my neighbors for a bird nest survey. He was wearing a construction vest and hardhat and was carrying binoculars. I was on a phone call for work so I didn't talk to him much but asked if he could wait a few minutes until my call was done. When I went back out, he wasn't there. 

Is this a scam or something that is done through the county? Or maybe SoCal Edison?

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kids Jun 21, 2022 10:38 PM
Scam or Not?

We have had this at our house. Guy was here for hours with binoculars. Totally legit. Doing work for SCE before tree trimming.

Artemisia Jun 21, 2022 08:50 PM
Scam or Not?

A few weeks ago two men came to my door. One was wearing a hardhat and reflective vest; the other in field clothes and carrying binoculars. They said they wanted to check for nesting activity to determine whether our trees could be trimmed. There was an Edison truck parked nearby. Perhaps foolishly without asking for ID, I escorted them into the yard to show them the nests that I knew were active. The man with binoculars found one that I hadn't known about. He knew what kinds of birds they were, and corrected me on one of the names. He said that some of the nests were too close to where the pruning was needed and would call his supervisor to ask that the work on our property be deferred to a later date, noting that ours was the second property with similar concerns that he had checked that morning. I have every reason to believe they were legitimate, and I was gratified that for the first time ever in our 50+ years of living here, Edison actually took steps to avoid disturbing nesting birds.

Minibeast Jun 21, 2022 07:51 PM
Scam or Not?

This makes me so happy. Great to know that SCE is looking out for birds. Contrary to popular belief, not all birds nest at the same time (spring). And some birds raise more than one brood. E.g., nesting season for Barn owls can continue right on up through August. Barn owls sometimes have three broods per year. *** (Belated) Happy Longest Day of the Year, everyone.***

Getoffmylawn Jun 21, 2022 03:54 PM
Scam or Not?

People are so unaware

A Little Birdy Jun 21, 2022 03:46 PM
Scam or Not?

I work with several biologists hired to do these surveys for SCE. They usually let you know ahead of time that they will be coming. They will always have contact information for you to verify. Tree trimming work in the spring requires nesting bird surveys ahead of time so that the nests are not impacted from tree work.

a-1655847487 Jun 21, 2022 02:38 PM
Scam or Not?

Goo d to ask for an id card before letting someone on your property. Or in your home.

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