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sounds good but we mow our lawn because of the deer ticks. They thrive in long grass and hate short mowed lawns. Although this year for the first time we have so many rabbits that they are dropping the tiny nymph forms right in the middle of our well mowed lawn. 
brennan michaels
On Jun 30, 2013, at 6:41 PM, Charlotte Bill wrote:

> Hey Maeve, thanks for your post! Nothing personal at all, but your message to VTBird gives me the opportunity to challenge everyone on this list to give up mowing lawns (other than with a non-gasoline-engine push-mower). My husband and I did that a few years ago and have no regrets. Our resident breeding bird species are numerous, thriving, and undisturbed by unnatural gasoline-powered lawnmowers.
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> In the words of the Byrds (1971) "One of America's great national pastimes is cutting the grass... , living too fast...."
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> Charlotte Bill
> Enosburgh, VT
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> From: Maeve Kim <[log in to unmask]>
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> Sent: Sunday, June 30, 2013 4:41 PM
> Subject: [VTBIRD] ninja redstart
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> I was out mowing my lawn today (SO much fun to have water rise halfway up my shoes with every step) when I became aware of an insistent noise. It sounded like a redstart, but my mower is really loud. It didn't seem possible that I could hear the bird over all that racket. Suddenly I realized that the bird was right over my head, flying back and forth, cussing at me with gusto and eloquence. Then the little thing swooped low right over the mower! - I was afraid that I'd hit it, or that maybe I was close to running over a fledgling (or, worse, that I'd already done so), so I stopped the mower and looked all around, but I didn't find anything. As soon as the mower noise died, the redstart retreated to a low branch on
> an apple tree. I pushed the mower away, deciding that other parts of the lawn needed attention. 
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> Along with nesting redstarts, the phoebe nesting in the barn has successfully fledged three or four young and the resident macho House Wren has several young from one nest and appears to be feeding young in a second nest.  I think the Song Sparrow might have lost her clutch, maybe to heavy rains. 
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> Maeve Kim
> Jericho Center