Birdwatchers in woods wrongly reported as gamblers by locals
Published: Aug 17, 2021 06:58 PM
Photo: Screenshot of a video posted by Lizhi Video

Photo: Screenshot of a video posted by Lizhi Video

A group of birdwatchers were reported anonymously by a local who thought they were gambling in the woods in East China's Zhejiang Province on Friday. 

The police in Quzhou, Zhejiang, received a phone call from a local who believed there was a group of people conducting illegal private gambling in the suburban woods, said Phoenix Weekly on Monday.

The video circulating on social media shows a group of eight men sitting under a shed, made of tree branches and covered with a patch of a colorful plastic cloth as a ceiling, located among several trees.

But after talking to them, the local police found out that it was only a team made of several photographers and bird lovers, who were trying to snap photos of "birds taking off and landing in the area," said the report.

The police dispersed the watchers for safety reasons due to the Delta variant flare-ups across the country, as gathering activities are being restricted in many parts.

Quzhou, Zhejiang, can be a good place for bird appreciation activities in the province, said a bird lover according local media. The city has recorded 278 different kinds of birds, among a total of 532 species in Zhejiang in 2019, said Zhejiang News.