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Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Darwin, May 27, 2003.

  1. Darwin

    Darwin LawnSite Member
    Posts: 101

    The other day I was mowing a property and I had to come to an abrupt stop several times.

    The reason being was a varity of wildlife. I had come upon two Kildeer (sp?) nests (with the mom real close), and a Mallard nest (occupied).

    Lets hear about your brushes with nature.

    One of the things about this job that I truly love is being in the outdoors and seeing the many beautiful activities that are happening in nature.

    Can you imagine being one of the "sheep" that has to "go-through-the-motions" every day?

    I can't.

    So, Lets Hear It!

  2. edrenckh

    edrenckh LawnSite Member
    Posts: 135

    I hate to admit it, but I was mowing a field and ran over a rabbit nest. Bad deal for a couple of them. The ones that stayed put were OK.

    Don't mind killing them if I'm out hunting or if their in the garden, but I hate killing them accidentally for no reason.
  3. Frank2

    Frank2 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 102

    Was mowing large field behind a commercial property i do the other day and came across a fawn. Must have just been born a few days prior. Size of a small puppy. Absolutely awesome.
  4. Darwin

    Darwin LawnSite Member
    Posts: 101

    Yea, I hate to admit it as well, but the same day I ran over a black snake.

    It truly is a bummer to kill a living thing during your working day (No matter what it may be).
  5. Arnold

    Arnold LawnSite Member
    from Wyoming
    Posts: 194

    We seem to be lucky and get at least two fawn antelope on the course every year the mothers leave them next too a tee box in the morning and return later. Getting every one to leave them alone is the hard part.
    A few years ago we had a mother skunk that had two babys, she would bring them on the #8 green to eat worms in the morning they were very cute, did make mowing a bit nervous though!
    We get a badger or two a year, lots off prairie dogs. And had a hawk build a nest behind the #3 green in a tree got too watch the babys grow up two years in a row till a bad winter storm blow the nest out of the tree.
    And the damn buck antelope they can be a real pain in the ***.
    Had a Moose come through a few years ago got that little bull on photo was a great picture.I think thats about it.
  6. GroundKprs

    GroundKprs LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,969

    Used to do a house with about 400 ft² of lawn, but house was at top of a big hill. Had to walk up 3/4 block of 40% to 50% grade driveway to get to house in woods. Place had deer, coons, groundhogs, and most other wildlife. Then one summer a wild turkey moved in. Her nest was in shrubbery along drive, and she usually just strutted away when I showed up. But one day she was in a fowl mood, I guess. As I topped the drive, she charged straight at me. I braced to be hit, and she veered off just 4-5 feet away from me.

    Imagine the story: "Turkey bowls yard boy down hill." LOL. Glad she veered off, LOL.
  7. NYRookie

    NYRookie LawnSite Member
    Posts: 240

    I see the occasional rabbit or woodchuck when I'm mowing. I had a coyote walk past me at about 10' when I was brushhogging last year. He was hunting over were I had already cut. Almost gave a deer a concussion 1 day when I was brushhogging and the thing jumped up and hit her melon on my tractor bucket. She ran off, but she must of had a heck of a headache. Missed a turkey nest by 2' when I was again brushhogging a field. Didn't see it until the hen almost flew in my lap. That will wake you up.:dizzy:
  8. Gravely_Man

    Gravely_Man LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,076

    Rabbits and deer are about the only wildlife I get to see on a regular basis. Everything else seems to run off and hide from the sound of the mowers.

  9. Leone LawnCare

    Leone LawnCare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 154

    i run over rabbit nests alot and usually dont hit them. they scatter and i collect them and put them back into their hole. the bad part is when they come back out and i hit them its the worst putting them out of their misery
  10. dbear

    dbear LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 606

    Moved a 6"dia turtle out of my way just this morning. Saw him coming from the road onto the shoulder. It's a fairly busy road with heavy truck traffic. How he managed to cross that without getting flattened I'll never know! Figured the least I could do was move his to the creek that borders my property.

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