Yet Further Adventures in the Mowing of Native Grasses  

KC_JJ 53M
5219 posts
4/27/2006 5:01 pm

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Yet Further Adventures in the Mowing of Native Grasses

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Part One
The Feeding Mockingbirds

It was a cool and cloudy day and the language of the weather said without words that it might soon be raining. Since heat realted problems are of quite high concern due to the chance of stuff like heat stroke I quite welcomed this state of the local environment.

Todays mowing chore was on the "plateau" or southern 1/2 section of the slim parallelogram of the one acre plot on which I dwell. Lucky for me most of this is relatively level ground.

As I mowed I noticed a recurring scenario that I often am witness to whilst mowing. Birds will frequently rush to the freshly mowed area to feed on insects which I guess is because the grass is now quite short it's much easier for them to spot and consume insects.

What I can't figure is how the birds know that the insects have become so accessible. Do they remember that whenever I mow they can eat easier? Do they smell the freshly cut grass and associate that with eating bugs? Is that smell imprinted genetically into their memory so that when cavemen mowed their lawns the birds also went out to scavenge bugs?

I'd like to see a vintage caveman lawnmower.

The birds that were out eating bugs today were mockingbirds. That bird simply has to be natures archivist of every bird call that's ever existed on the face of the planet. There are times when they will just sit there are run through whole catalog of sounds and not repeat themselves for hours.

Mockingbirds are cool.



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Part 2
The New Neighbors

Screw Part 2 - I'm too exhausted to continue



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rm_saintlianna 45F
15466 posts
4/27/2006 5:26 pm

I dont know, where were the prehistoric McDonald's that sparrows and rooks hung out in the B.C parking lots eating french fries. I guess they are like me, not quite as dumb as they look.


KC_JJ 53M

4/27/2006 7:57 pm

    Quoting rm_saintlianna:
    I dont know, where were the prehistoric McDonald's that sparrows and rooks hung out in the B.C parking lots eating french fries. I guess they are like me, not quite as dumb as they look.
Hey Miss ethereal emeralds,

you verboselized... I guess they are like me, not quite as dumb as they look.

If I didn't know that you weren't a theif I'd accuse you of stealing that one from me 'cause I been sayin' some form of it since I was knee high to a grasshopper (not a cicada or cave cricket).

And as a kid I used to call those McDonalds birds French Fry Birds as that seemed to be their favorite fruit. The first McDonalds ever is now considered a local cultural landmark and it's also become some sort of attempt at being a museum. I stopped in there one day to ask for some directions but I think they need to put a little more effort into making the place more museum-like. I did not take the time to really have a good look around but I left with more of a "sweat shop" impression of it that rather than anything that would like to be thought of as a cultural landmark should have left.

Praying mantises have in IQ in the 450 range BTW. Or so I was once told by one.

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Christabel168 44F

4/27/2006 11:09 pm

yeah.. screw the new neighbors.. good idea


rm_saintlianna 45F
15466 posts
4/28/2006 4:14 am

I believe it. Mantises are sneaky lil bastards.


KISSABLE_KINK 48F

4/28/2006 7:47 am

Mockingbirds are amazing their songs are many to pick from, too bad it is so hard to hear the same song twice. I have a KOI pond and when I am feeding crickets to the turtles and frogs the mockingbirds come and perch near and wait for any crickets that have strayed from the pond. They are actually very pretty birds, I like their little face.
P.S.
Congrats on your new neighbors, I run from mine.


KC_JJ 53M

11/22/2006 2:24 am

    Quoting KISSABLE_KINK:
    Mockingbirds are amazing their songs are many to pick from, too bad it is so hard to hear the same song twice. I have a KOI pond and when I am feeding crickets to the turtles and frogs the mockingbirds come and perch near and wait for any crickets that have strayed from the pond. They are actually very pretty birds, I like their little face.
    P.S.
    Congrats on your new neighbors, I run from mine.
I think my local mockingbirds have had little ones in the fall. They have got all territorial on me recently and that only usually happens to me in the spring. And they spy on me at night by faking crickets sounds.

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KC_JJ 53M

6/27/2007 11:22 pm

    Quoting Christabel168:
    yeah.. screw the new neighbors.. good idea
Yeah, knowing you that's EXACTLY what you would do!!!



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