Homeowner claims Carnation bird sanctuary is too loud

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by JOHN LANGELER / KING 5 News

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Posted on April 23, 2013 at 6:16 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 23 at 7:00 PM

A Carnation homeowner has filed a complaint with King County’s permitting office, claiming a popular exotic bird sanctuary is too noisy.  The county said the claim is being looked into, but declined to elaborate.

Macaw Rescue and Sanctuary has existed in its current location on NE Lake Joy Rd. since 2005.  Four hundred macaws, cockatoos and other birds live on-site.  According to the anonymous complaint, in addition to the “unreasonable” noise, new construction may violate permit laws.

Those allegations are denied by Robert Dawson, who owns the sanctuary.  Tuesday, he said the work underway is small enough that it doesn't need county permits.  He acknowledges the noise, but said he’s never received any other complaints.

“The homes that came in the area that are in this community are not close,” Dawson said. “They weren’t here when we moved here.”

The sanctuary is one of several 20-acre lots east of Carnation.  Other neighbors said while loud at feeding time, the birds are not a nuisance.

“All kinds of birds make noise,” explained realtor Andy Weiss. “Chickens, ostriches…donkeys make noise.”

Weiss owns land around the sanctuary and recently sold homes on the east side of the property, where the complaint came from.  While he recalled one instance where a potential buyer was turned back by the bird noise, most don’t mind.

“They make a little noise, but that’s part of living in the country,” he said.

The neighbor who complained was unavailable.  The complaint was filed anonymously and King County said the homeowner did not want to talk about the noise.

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