Forest Hills Cemetery says bird watchers flocking there to watch a pair of nesting great horned owls have gotten out of hand and is asking people to stay away from the nesting area, near the "contemporary burial area."
This location within the Cemetery has become a place of constant and unrelenting visitation over the course of the last three weeks.
Well-intentioned birders, nature-lovers, and photographers, through no fault of their own, have blocked roads while attempting to photograph the nest and some have even set up tripods over gravesites. We have received a number of complaints from our families who felt that the gravesites of their loved ones were being disrespected.
Additionally, we have heard from wildlife rehabilitators and folks within the birding community that the constant disruption is detrimental to the owls themselves and often deprives them of precious daytime sleep.