it's weird how birds are different in different areas, around here, I can usually walk up about 15 or so feet to cedars and robbins, but starlings book it when I'm 50 feet away.
Yeah it is, I was atleast seventy feet from that cedar waxwing....The only birds around here that allow me to get within thirty feet are the house sparrow, Dark eye Junco and on rare occasions the common robin. There is one ringbilld gull that seems comfortable enough around humans to let me get close, I playfully call him Dukat. I can't say the same for his friends though, they find another place to be the moment I break the treeline into the parkinglot.
You want to talk about birds that head for the hills....I can't get within three hundred feet of an American bald eagle....
We have a breeding pair that live here in town along with several others just outside of town and It does not matter what one I find, they seem to be finishing up and leaving the moment I spot them. I usually spot them way out of range for my 400mm so even if I take off at a full run they won't be there by the time I get there.
The blue heron is another one I chase around town, even if I set up the blind and wait, I come up empty.